media fast: weeks 1 and 2
When I decided, on a bit of a whim, to give up television and movies for a while, I didn’t think that it would stick. I didn’t write about it, I didn’t set any goals, I didn’t have a reward system in place.
By all rights, it should have disintegrated within days. But it hasn’t. Oddly enough, it’s stuck around, and I just realized that today marks two weeks of completely shunning the television. So I decided I’d keep track of it on here, so I could look back and see how long I lasted.
In weeks one and two, I:
Wanted to watch television three times. Once, when I saw the case for The King’s Speech, once when I saw the trailer for David Tennant’s new movie The Decoy Bride, and once when I had a dream that reminded me of Inception.
Instead of turning on the television, I:
1. Played Yahtzee with Little Bit and lost every single game.
2. Listened to something new. Despite my stubborn belief that modern music was born and later died in Athens, Georgia, I’m managing to slowly move on post-R.E.M.
3. Took a completely different pleasure in reading. Books seem so much more consuming and entertaining with TV working its way out of my system.
4. Helped my mom bake for our church’s small group.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t always finish what I start. That life is busy and sometimes hard and television has been the opiate of Paige more than once. But there is no question that life without television is interesting and fun, and that I am a happier and more active person with the TV unplugged.
And I’m going to try to keep it that way.
Have you ever gone on a media fast, or wanted to? How long did it last?