Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Life without television..............
..........is turning out to be even better than I imagined. The house has settled into (relative) peace. There is still the noise of guitars, the occasional phone, radio,CD, but the intrusion of the television is well and truly gone. It gives a very different feel to the house for me. I haven't missed it one jot, and the others admit they haven't either. I listen to the early news on the radio in the morning, after the Shipping Forecast and before Farming Today and that's it for news. That's all I need; I don't want or need to be bombarded with doom, gloom, despair and despondency for hours every day, so having only one news slot is wonderful for me.
Although it possessed an off-button, I've always felt less in control of television output than I ever did with other things - radio, CD player, etc - for some reason.
This evening, for instance, we were all occupied with other things - writing, spinning, and MrL and EJ collaborating on EJ's latest electric guitar project. Yes, I know that will be rather noisy LOL, but it's a noise made by one of us, not some intrusive noise bombarding you from a source completely unconnected to us or our house.
I feel that I can set my own standards for entertaining myself now - not having to be content with some half hour programme just skimming the surface of a particularly interesting subject where it's "dumbed down" and shallow, ending in sheer frustration and disappointment for me.
I don't necessarily "get more done", which is the usual assumption when dispensing with television or a computer, etc. I just seem to be doing things differently, the evenings seem longer, more productive and definitely resulting in a more peaceful end to the day.
Posted by MrsL at 23:31