Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Comatose Nation

I have noticed something with my generation that they tend not to push further, to question, to continue to grow once they pass the age of 30’s. I find that a lot, NOT ALL, but many are getting into their comfort zone, into their routines, into their rut and then they go on auto pilot and generally just coast. I feel like I am a curious person, that I am a creative person, and that I constantly looking for ways to push my boundaries even further. I think that the single greatest gift I give myself is that I don’t watch television. Now that does not mean that I boycott it altogether, I will watch the discovery channel or something educational and occasionally I will watch a television show that I find interesting like Sex and the City or Lost but mostly I wait until they come out on DVD so I can watch it on my own time and mostly when I am working out. By not watching a lot of television (less than 6 hours a month) I find that I have a wealth of time to spend on other things that matter more to me and less time comatose on the couch. When I decided to research how much television the average person watches I was initially ASTONDED at the results and then so sad that our world has come down to this.

According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day, or 28 hours a week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year. In a 65-year life that average person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.

Seriously reassess what you do with your time. Next time you think ‘I wish I knew how to roll sushi’ or ‘I always wanted to learn to play tennis’ then please for yourself take that initiative and do something different to shake things up.

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