Giving Up. Greater Good.

Riley (@sophie) 11 years, 7 months ago

I’m going to give up tv this summer. It will be replaced with one or more of the following…

-making a scrapbook of all the places I’ve visited. If I finish this scrapbook then I must be dead
-taking my dog on hikes
-learning to play the bongos
-take a dance class
-learn a new language

Here’s the quote that inspired me: "You know that real growth would be much more uncomfortable. It would kill the pattern, and in its place would be an expansion of possibility."

P.S. just for fun. If you never visited the site Try it out! It’s about enjoying the little things. It always makes me smile, anyway.

March 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm
Michael (26) (@mike) 11 years, 7 months ago ago

I think trying to give up television is a great idea. Lately developed a habit of spending too much time in front of the tv and would like to start putting my time towards better and more productive things. Great suggestions by the way Riley, i’ll add to the list!

-Drawing, Sketching, Painting; No need to over commit to a drawing or painting, simply have fun with it and exercise your creativity!
-Meditative activities; Try to remain aware throughout your daily activities, a meditation like mindset can be achieved and practiced anytime, you needn’t be in the typical setup to enjoy.
-Playing an instrument; Again, no need over commit or even worry about skill level, just play around and relax. Great way to direct your focus.
-Reading; What’s most important is finding where your interest lies. Find a subject or author you find interesting and use that as a starting point. A great way to find most books is online, through torrent or other means. Audiobooks are great too for those who would rather listen!
-Music; Expand your musical horizons using playlist type websites (eg. which find similar artists to your taste, check forums for other peoples favourites (The Damn Good Music List!) and ask your friends what they’ve been listening to lately.

That’s a great quote, we must often break away from tradition before we realize our true potential and what we are capable of. My quote, somewhat related..
“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” –Max DePree

Riley (0) (@sophie) 11 years, 7 months ago ago

Sweet quote. and thanks for the additions to the list I’m going to try meditating as well!

Leon Milner (3) (@leon) 11 years, 7 months ago ago

Yeah, this is a great idea! I gave up television and video games at home a while ago, because they just wasted too much time. But you could just quit now.. It’s pretty easy to stop watching t.v. actually, because for the first while you fill it in with a little more computer time lol But once you aren’t into your shows anymore, and you can watch sports highlights on the computer, and hear the news from radio, magazines etc. you become much less attached to them, and it just gets easier and easier. Then you just feel no need to watch t.v. anymore, and i’m sure doing one of the things above will make you feel that much better about it too! The conversations worth having really aren’t about Snookie and Vampires anyways.. so great choice :) Everyone should do this!

Riley (0) (@sophie) 11 years, 7 months ago ago

haha I knew someone would suggest starting now! And I guess I have no real reason not to. I just figured that giving up tv in the summer would be better because I can actually go outside. I am NOT a winter person. However I guess it just creates more of a challenge to start now, so why not?
Thanks for the tips! I am now officially starting my scrapbook :)

Lanette (0) (@lbryant90) 11 years, 7 months ago ago

I agree, giving up TV is a great idea! Or limiting yourself to maybe your favorite TV show, or just the news. And the in the summer you have absolutely no excuse to not get out and be active! :-)
Scrap booking is such a good idea! it can also be relatively cheap! Hopefully I can convince my dad to get me a present for making dean’s list this semester! :-)
The only other Idea I have is to practice Yoga. I’ve never done it before but I’m going to try to sign up for yoga class. I bought pocket yoga app. and I have used it once, and was a little confused, I need to do some studying on yoga before I actually try it!
Also- Does anybody have any good summer/beach reads?

Matt (6) (@mrgeetah) 11 years, 6 months ago ago

I deleted my Facebook for New Years. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I have so much more time to actually do productive things now! It’s incredible. I’ve learned to play banjo, started meditating again, and have been reading more than I have in years.

Bushido (31) (@rotsen) 11 years, 5 months ago ago

@ Matt- Very nice!(Borat voice) haha. I myself did the same thing and deleted my facebook and it feels great! *High five* lol

I agree with everyone on this one. Cutting tv out of your life is one of the best things you can do. I myself dont watch any tv for many reasons. One being its just a distraction from life and I have better things to do with my time. Since I cut tv a while back Ive read more books than ever and started getting into a lot of the hobbies/ things that have always interested me. It always amazes me how people can just get sucked into the zombie tube like that.

Riley it would be great to hear from you towards the end of the summer to see how cutting tv from your life went. Im sure you will get nothing but positive and rewarding results from it :)

Hannah Victoria (1) (@hannahvictoria) 11 years, 5 months ago ago

I rarely watch television. I don’t know how anyone could stare at a screen for hours on end when there are always so many opportunities out there.

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