Michael and I got married 8 years ago. I got Mono while on our honeymoon, and that’s when it started. Watching TV. For weeks on end, my days consisted of dragging myself out of bed to eat breakfast and flop onto the couch to take a three-hour nap. Eating breakfast was exhausting! Then I would shower, and take another nap to recover from the energy spent showering.
I was lonely and bored and TV was something to keep my mind occupied during the many hours of laying on the couch. Michael would often find me comatose as he came in from work in the evenings. Too tired to talk much, we would spend the evening in front of the TV and then go to bed.
I recently heard a statistic that said the average American watches 7 hours of TV a day. I believe it.
As I slowly recovered from mono, I thought my days would no longer include watching TV. I was back to work and around people more, but somehow Michael and I still ended up in front of the TV every evening. It just sat there staring at us… calling us to turn it on! I mean, what else was there to do with our time, right?
Years passed and our evening routine was to eat dinner while watching our shows. There seemed to be something on that we just “had to watch” every night. Time flies when you watch TV. Before we knew it, we were spending 2 or 3 hours a day glued to our TV.
Michael and I recently added up the time we spent watching TV over the first 5 years of our marriage. We figured if we spent an average of 3 hours a day, 7 days a week, we had spent 1 whole year of our waking hours just watching TV. 5,500 hours! Are you kidding me?
What could you do with 5,500 hours? I can think of lots of things:
- I could earn a bachelor’s degree, and that includes study time!
- I could read almost 750 books, and I’m an average reader!
- I could fly back and forth to Australia 95 times!
- I could spend 8 hrs a day for 2 years volunteering at a soup kitchen and feed 146,000 people!
- I could build a successful business that changes the world!
- I could drive across the US 73 times!
- With an average time of 5 minutes per note, I could write 66,000 encouraging notes!
- I could spend a year in Mongolia starting an orphanage!
- I could learn a new language!
I can think of tons more but I’ll leave it at that.
Michael and I phased out of our TV watching by putting it up on the third floor, and then got rid of it all together this past summer. It changed our lives.
Want to change your life? Oust your TV and replace it with… Well, what would you do with an extra 5,500 hours?