Sunday, November 28, 2010
Unplugged, as of Tomorrow!
I'm so plugged in, to everything. I have admitted that I cannot live without the Internet, television, my cell phone, and Facebook.
I have been thinking about all of this for some time now. I don't like feeling dependent on such unimportant things. I love the convenience of these luxuries, but I dislike the attachment I have towards them. It isn't uncommon that after all is said and done, and the kids are put to bed that if I cannt find something on television to interest me I have this feeling of helplessness, and watch out boredom.
I so often forget. I don't remember that I have a book sitting on the shelf waiting for me to read it. I don't remember that there are games in the closet collecting dust. I neglect my various crafts, because that's work and definitely not as easy to do as planting myself on the couch and watching mindless television. I honestly really don't like admitting this, because well, it's embarrassing!
Intellectually I am aware that when I have lived on this earth for a long time my most cherished memories will not be of all the times I sat on the couch and watched "The Biggest Loser" and "King of Queens". Alternately, my greatest memories will be of the time spent with those I love and participating in the activities that helped to shape me.
The other night my husband and I were lamenting on how we were not able to go out. We had watched T.V. a couple nights in a row and were both rather tired of the same old programs. On a whim I ended up pulling a puzzle out of the closet. It ended up that we sat there for several hours talking, joking, and putting the puzzle together. Despite my husband's hilarious comment that we were like Amy's parents (from Everybody Loves Raymond - haha a television reference), poking fun at the activity chosen, we had a good time. The puzzle wasn't complete that night, but we both worked on it the next morning as well, and both of us were ridiculously excited to see it all put together. I was, at any rate!
All this to say that I have come to realize that I am extremely "plugged in" and so is my oldest to a certain degree. The seven month old isn't really old enough to be "plugged in" yet...
Therefore, I am posing a challenge! Maybe you also are feeling "plugged in", maybe you're not. That's for you to decide. As for my house I think we need to relieve some of these outlets from their various plugs.
For one week around here I am going to give something up and I am going to have Rowan give something up as well. At the end of the week we are going to talk about how it influenced us, emotionally, behaviorally, etc..
I am going to have Rowan give up television and I am going to as well. I think it will be good for us to give up the same thing, because I can serve as an example and also experience the same sacrifice (so to speak) as him. Even as I type this I am literally cringing. I think it's going to be good though. I will write a post at the end of the week as a measure of the difference it made. I have a feeling that it is going to be an interesting/fun adventure.
And just as a last little note, I found this article about Television that really floored me with regards to it's statistics.
What are some things that you're "plugged" into that would be hard for you to give up? Would you like to join us this week?! :)