I went from 2005 to 2007 without owning or watching tv. For a sports and political nut, that would seem like a long time. I would guess I went from watching between 30-40 hours of tv per week to nothing. The reason was my house had been foreclosed and I lived out of my car for a considerable length of time. What I found surprised me.
My life prospered without tv! My attitude, social life, creativity and spirituality flowed like a mountain spring. When I finally got back into an apartment, a friend gave me a tv, and I ordered cable. I wanted to watch Lance Armstrong’s comeback in the Tour De France. As Lance raced for first place (ended up third), so did tv’s hold of my attention and time race ahead.
Television viewing advanced from a few hours, to more than I care to own up to over this past winter. Life on tv was great! Regrettably, my life was becoming non-existent. Instead of hiking, biking, playing music and making love, I was watching everyone else on tv do it! I was a spectator without a sport. Something had to change.
Recently, I decided to try life without tv again. [Read more…]