Getting rid of Cable

I love TV. I’ll just admit it. I love dramatic lifetime movies. I love the many reality shows that are out there. I love HGTV. I love Gilmore Girls. CMT music videos.  American Idol. Etc. Etc. 

I like it all. 
The bad part- my husband likes it too. 
Here’s the thing. I don’t think anything is wrong with television. I don’t think watching a show every night is bad for you or going to hurt you in any way. It might however, limit you. It might limit your capabilities, your free time, your relationships.
Almost every year, I give up candy/sugar for Lent. I love sugar and it’s always a new struggle to give it up for 40 days. Naturally, I thought I would give it up again this year. After thinking about it though, I realized that I would be giving it up  anyways because I will be breast feeding, and I will be trying to lose this baby weight. (Heellooo Summer!) So for me to give it up for Lent would, in a way, be “cheating,” if you will. Or just not doing something to it’s full potential, maybe. Or just not what I want to do. 
So, the next thing in line that I love and would absolutely hate to give up? Shoot, that’d be TV. 
I do not want to give up cable. I really really really don’t. 
However. ( Insert a deep sigh here…) I know that my life would be more rich without cable. I know that my relationship with my husband would be stronger because we would spend more quality time together. I know I would read more. I would spend more time filling my life with quality, educational, life enriching things. 
Insert newborn child here. 
I do not want my child to be influenced by television. I do not want to be even tempted to turn on the cartoons. ( What channel are cartoons on anyways?!) I do not want my infant to hear background noise of television while he is playing, sleeping, or eating. I don’t want my children to grow up with watching television shows as an option. I want it to be non existent. 
I haven’t convinced myself yet. I’m selfishly thinking, “What will I do all day long, home alone, with an infant, while he is sleeping?” 
Well, what a stupid question. I’d probably read more books. Research and study all the million things that I want to learn. Write more.  Get out more. Use my mind more creatively. Listen to music more. Listen to talk radio more. I would spend more time reading my Bible- the whole point and purpose of Lent. 
Slowly, I will convince myself. 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

3 thoughts on “Getting rid of Cable

  1. You won’t miss it. I promise. We don’t have cable and it’s great. If there is a TV show we really want to watch we download it (if you’re in the US you might be able to watch it on Hulu). But we don’t end up zoned out watching show after show after show like we did when we had cable. The library is great too. We get a lot of documentaries and movies on DVD.

  2. I find the best thing to do is to learn to limit the t.v. I have concerns with the t.v. and the internet in my house but all things are limited. I homeschool my kiddos and they don’t want t.v all day and rarely at night/on weekends. It’s the way they’ve been raised.

  3. i agree with you, i think background tv noise is horrible for kids. and like other people said, you can always watch tv shows online!! your baby will thank you!

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