I find that I’m not missing my TV. Yesterday, last night and this morning, it was actually quite peaceful. Last night I read a book on my Kindle until about 9:30, then fell right to sleep and slept well.
I may just put the TVs in my closet and forget about them.
I usually sit at the table and watch cable news while I eat. Not anymore. The TV screen is blank. A dark soundless box.
No TV pundits arguing over the state of the country. Or upsetting news that leaves you with a pit in your stomach and your teeth clenched in anxiety.
Handing Over the cable equipment:
When I took my TV equipment back to Cox, I asked the girl who took my cable TV hook ups if a lot of people are cancelling cable TV these days. She said that quite a few are, because they’ve learned there is quite a bit they can do with Wifi.
She said she’d heard that the loyalty department, the department they send you to when you phone them to try and get a better deal, was not dealing with customers much anymore.
Could that be that they know they are adequately holding us all hostage and thus can keep their prices high?
A radio perhaps?
I considered getting a radio. The old-fashioned kind. Remember those? I don’t want an app or whatever. If I got a radio, it would be the kind we listened to many years ago.
But then I got to thinking: What would I want to listen to?
Well, the only thing I used to listen to when I did turn on the radio was NPR. But I don’t know if I really want to do that either. I don’t think so. I could listen to NPR in my car but never do.
There’s a book coming out next month that I might want to read. It is titled “Digital Minimalism.”
Of all the popular forms of minimalism, this might be my favorite.
A one paragraph synopsis:
Digital minimalists are all around us. They’re the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience. They stay informed about the news of the day, but don’t feel overwhelmed by it. They don’t experience “fear of missing out” because they already know which activities provide them meaning and satisfaction.
Sounds nice, doesn’t it. Being in the company of people who aren’t constantly glancing down at their phone, now a permanent appendage of their body.
Fondly recalling the old days:
Remember the old days when no one had cell phones and a stranger would actually smile and say hello to you when you passed them on the sidewalk?
When you could go into a store and not hear the incessant cell phones ringing, and the only conversations you heard were between actual people?
It was such a peaceful time and now a thing of the past. But I’m glad I experienced it. That I can fondly recall a more pleasant era.
I find my body relaxing just thinking about it.
Noise, noise everywhere:
The other day I was getting gas for my car, which I do about once per month. And a woman pulled up with a child in a convertible with that loud hip hop or whatever it’s called going full blast right next to me.
I about came out of my skin. Several times as my car was filling with gas I walked toward her to ask her to turn it down. But I was afraid she might have a gun. You have to assume these days that people could have a gun.
So I didn’t say anything.
Remember the days when you could talk to a stranger in a crowded place and not be worried that they carried a gun?
Then she left and someone took her place with the same loud crap going. I was shaking so much I could hardly put the key in the ignition when I was leaving.
Why is their music so loud?
How on earth can they hear themselves think? They’ll be deaf before long. I don’t think you could have a habit of listening to music that loud without it being detrimental to your hearing.
Everywhere you go there is ear jarring noise.
What could we possibly do to find ourselves a less noisy place in this technologically loud world?
Where is there a utopia of like-minded people who like the sound of silence and entertain themselves in a quiet manner? People who prefer to use their thoughts for reflection and creativity.
I’m going to work even more toward limiting the noise of life, the upheaval and constant chaos we live in, as a goal for 2019.
I’ll aim to do what I can to find peace and quiet in a noisy world.