I've decided to give up TV. I kept looking at the list of things I want and need to do every day and week, thinking, 'When?' When could I possibly find the time to do all of these things? I already get up early to have personal time to accomplish things that I can't typically do during the chaos and distractions of the day. I've been staying up a little later trying to get in more reading time, only to find myself tired the next day and unwilling to try to add a little more into an already packed day. How to find more time then? I started thinking about my TV time. All the reality shows I watch are completely irrelevant to my life: Project Runway, America's Next Top Model, Top Chef, Next Great Work of Art, now Project Accessory--really?? None of these shows have anything to contribute to the direction I want to take my life. Cooking shows just make me want to eat and gain weight (counter active to trying to stay fit), super skinny model shows make me hate the way my middle aged body looks (discouraging even after all the time I put in to working out and eating healthy), and as much as I love Tim and Heidi and Swatch, I really don't need to watch the ridiculous drama unfolding every week on the runway and I certainly don't care about accessories. Gone. And Greys...the show only makes me aggravated anymore. They're dying all the guys blond--did you notice McSteamy last week? Who's next, Derek? I'm over it. My life won't change if they manage to get Zola back, or if Alex finally becomes human, and I just can't take watching Christina and Owen anymore. Gone.
Now I have time! Reading, writing, studying, Christmas planning time without worrying about how many shows I have on the dvr that I need to catch up on, stuffing my listless face lounging on the couch in front of the TV. I'm excited! Now, it's not 100% gone. After all, ABCFamily's 25 Days of Christmas will soon be on and I'll saddle up for my favorite classic reruns and movies. And I decided not to give up the two shows we watch as a family-Big Bang Theory (I love Sheldon!) and the new series Grimm. But, eliminating all the others frees up a huge chunk of time which should be a great start for me. Now let's see what I can manage to accomplish with that gift!