Why I’m selling my TV to live my dream
I’ve been talking about it for years, building up the courage to do it for months. But this week I cancelled my cable subscription and recycled my old TV. I’m going cold turkey. I’m giving myself no more excuses.
When I think about how many hours I spend sitting on my sofa every evening, watching the TV, while simultaneously complaining that I have no time to work on my photography, to build my business or just do the everyday stuff around the house that we all put off, it does make me wonder what I’m doing with my life. When I reach my final days, hopefully many years from now, will I be glad that I watched yet another series of Saturday Night Take-Away or witnessed one more crisis between the Eastenders? Will I even remember the details, the dramas, the characters?
I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently as I approach yet another decade in my life. What have I done during my thirties that I am proud of? What stories do I have to tell? And the truth is that for the most part, I don’t even remember it. I’ve been a TV zombie for too long and I’m determined to change that. So here are my top 10 motivations for ditching the TV.
- I can’t change the number of hours in the day, but I can change what I do with those hours, how productive I am, how exciting my life could be. When I look back over the next year or so, how many new stories will I have created because I was living life and doing interesting things instead?
- I can take more photographs. I’ve lost track of the number of days when I promised myself I’d go out with my camera, yet when it came to it, I ended up debating with myself the pros and cons of watching another Saturday morning cookery show. And then complaining that I don’t have as much time to get out with my camera as I’d like to.
- I can read more. I have so many unread books on my bookshelf, and even more on my Amazon wish list. With a TV in the house, I doubt they will ever all get read.
- Listen to more music.
- Play more music. I used to play the saxophone in a Big Band, and have always wanted to learn to play the piano. I’m hoping that now I will finally have the time.
- To go to bed earlier and get more sleep. Hopefully my sleep patterns will become dictated by my internal clock instead of the TV schedule.
- Become more social. I’ll have more time to meet up with friends and family.
- To become more creative. If the default of sitting in front of the TV is taken away from me, I have to think up new and original ideas to relax, to unwind, and to enjoy the company of friends and family when they come over.
- To get outside more. It’s something that I’m sure everyone struggles with. You come home after a long day at work. Make a cup of tea, sit down on the sofa, switch the TV on. And once you’re there, it’s very difficult to move again. To decide to go out for a run or take a walk into town instead of drive. To get more fit.
- To save money. No more cable subscription, no more TV licence. No upgrading the TV every few years (although to be fair, I never actually did that anyway).
I’m not saying that my life will become perfect with no TV around. In fact, I think I will have to be very conscious that I don’t just let new time wasters into my life to fill the TV void. But I am sure that there will also be additional benefits that I haven’t thought of. I’m not saying that I’ll be without a TV forever but I want to create a new routine in my life, one that doesn’t revolve around the default of TV on. And as I’m moving house this week, it seems to be the perfect time to do this. To start afresh. A new chapter. One full of the potential for all that I wish to achieve.