It looks like Maui is finally experiencing a bit of Spring, as it’s a wet one out here in the middle of the Pacific today. I’m a bit bummed because I (1) have a bunch of laundry to be done [we only hang-dry] and (2) had some fun beach plans with the munchkin I’m babysitting soon.
Ah well. Mother Nature trumps all plans today. Looks like we’ll be finger painting instead!
As you know, my headline for this blog has always been living a simple yet significant life. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about that, and how my my life really hasn’t seemed simple at all since starting grad school. Sure, Ben and I live extremely simply when compared to most other twenty-some married couples, but personally I’ve felt like my life has been turned upside-down – it’s contents are scattered everywhere and I feel like I’m constantly trying to sort through the mayhem.
If I really think about it, I’ve kept every aspect of life aside from school simple – I mean, come on, I even left my job to create more balance in my life – but sometimes it’s hard to recognize my own truths when they’re so engrained in my every day life.
With that in mind, I’m realizing that I want to bring more focus on living simply to the blog.
For instance, I want to talk about what our debate on keeping our microwave has been all about and discuss the difficulties of deodorizing and softening laundry without a dryer. I also want to have conversations about how composting works [or doesn’t work] in our home, and the reasons we don’t use salt in most of our recipes. In essence, I want to address all the things that my friends find to be odd about our lifestyle [“So… what do you do at night if you don’t have a television?”].
Which brings me to today’s topic: the reasons Ben and I have chosen against having a television.
It may not have even phased you in some of the photos of our home that we don’t have a TV, but it’s true.
Ben and I have lived together for seven years [eight if you count the dorms]: four of those years included a television and three have not.
As those first few years of college passed, Ben and I both realized that we were very rarely the ones sitting on the sofa watching anything on the tube. We’d sit and watch a few shows with our roommates between classes, but most of the time we used television as an excuse to procrastinate. And to be honest, between school, clubs, work, and gym time, I didn’t have much time to procrastinate during college.
Between the 5 men I lived with senior year, the television was the most utilized piece of equipment at the house [a close second only to our homemade Beer Pong table – obviously].
Most of the time it was just the boys watching sports [I honestly don’t understand how baseball season can last what seems to be eight months!], with me indulging sparingly to watch my favorite shows like Intervention (even if I kept my eyes closed for 2/3 of the episode).
Just about every time a family member comes to visit our home, they offer us a television [“I have an extra one in the garage with a DVD player… I can bring it up tomorrow”], and we have to keep explaining why we purposefully don’t have one. When it came time for Ben and I to set up our home on Maui, we decided that we didn’t want a television because, to us, it was still simply a tool for procrastination. We realized that when we would watch TV, hours would pass without our knowing and we hadn’t done anything we had hoped to get done during that time.
Ben and I don’t feel at all deprived by not having a television. In fact, we find that our lives are more fulfilled because we get so much more done in comparison to our counterparts. Instead of sitting in front of a television for hours, Ben and I:
- started a garden
- cook and enjoy meals together
- get outside to hike, swim, and play
- get homework done […sometimes]
- run and work out
- read more books
- don’t feel so overwhelmed with endless amounts of advertisements
- start new hobbies [like blogging, jewelry-making, and painting]
- save on our electric bill
- concentrate better [seriously… sometimes watching tv makes me dizzy nowadays because I’m not used to how quickly everything moves on the screen!]
When we have guests, our attention is focused 100% on the people rather than having TV noise in the background (although we usually play music when we have people over), and we’ve found great ways to have fun with our guests [like playing games like Mexican Train + Farkle] so that most of the time they don’t even realize our home is TV-less.
Of course, this doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a few of our favorite shows and movies! We share a Netflix subscription with my Mom [who also doesn’t have a TV], and have a pretty decent DVD collection. Also, modern technology has made it all too easy for us to watch our favorite shows online when we want to. A few of our favorites right now:
- Australian Rules Football [go Carlton!]
We try to keep up with the shows and fully savor them, but we also make an effort not to spend too much energy [or get obsessive] on them.
In all, Ben and I are used to getting comments about how strange it is that we don’t have a television, but for us, it works.
Do you have a television? What are your favorite shows/movies?
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