I’ve met a few people here in New Zealand who admitted to me they don’t own a TV, much less watch programs. They used to do it when they were younger, but decided to not own one when they started living in a place of their own. I was really shocked, and even found it weird at first, as it’s unheard of at least for me that people don’t have a TV. So out of curiosity I asked them why they don’t have a TV, and they reasoned that it makes them think of what they want to accomplish every day without any distractions.
I have to admit, I noticed them tick off their to-do list every day at work. It’s really fascinating to watch them do the things they love to do every day, how they socialize with other people, and how confident they are in what they do best.After reflecting on their reasons and in my life, I now know one of the reasons why they do what they do best.
I’ve had this habit of watching TV ever since I laid my eyes on a 1980s variety show called That’s Entertainment where Billy Joe Crawford, now known as Billy Crawford, danced and sang in front of a live audience. That sparked my interest in the performing arts. I spent so many hours watching various programs on TV since then, one thing because I was so interested in immersing my world around these characters in film and TV. Sometimes I would create in my mind backstories of these characters and I can get a pretty good idea who ends up with who. Another because I was getting bored and uninspired in doing a full-time job not necessarily related to my passions. This was when I was in the Philippines. It even came to a point that I transferred from one job to another simply because I can’t stay long, get bored so easily with doing only one thing every single day.
A few years into my stay here in New Zealand, I realized I need to do something about my dreams and goals because I felt I let the world go by its own business while I’m watching them unfold in front of me. Tragedies and successes in the world, I’ve seen them all these years. And I’m getting sick and tired of watching other people succeed while I got more and more depressed.
Now don’t jump into conclusions and say that watching TV is bad. To be honest, there are also good programs out there that are worth watching. And I still sometimes watch TV while eating breakfast or after cooking dinner. What I’m saying is I’m slowly weening myself off from the living room.
It’s time for me to focus more on doing creative pursuits, one of them writing. I’ve researched about writers and how they write their stuff, and they always give this piece of valuable advice: write, write, write every day. Read books every day as well, or maybe as much as I can.
And so I’m doing this, putting out there to the universe, that everyone around the world get to read and be inspired by my blog and my work.