I’m an addict.
I don’t use to be and there’s no rehabilitation for this kind of addiction. I used to say TV was such a waste of time until I went on vacation this year. I was caught unaware. I didn’t expect to love it.
Sitting with my family in our living room, we often spend hours chit chatting. More often during dinner time, there was a monogamous use of the television. It was the same channel everyday and the same line-up of TV series. At first, I use to go up to my room to avoid the drama happening downstairs when these series starts to air. Anyway, I got bored and decided to join the family. I was curious to know why they usually hurry home just to catch these TV series. I told them they can just watch it online anyway. They were fanatics. I was curious to know why.
My curiosity was my undoing now that I’m hooked. I guess here are some reasons why we become addicted to television:
1. People are bored and want to be entertained. TV provides a variety of programs. If you are tired with your computer, the next easiest option is to watch TV.
2. People are curious. Like me, I really was curious why even my 7-year old son can tell me in full detail what happened in the last episode. Also, we are always very eager to know what happens next.
3. People are naturally emotional. TV series are always successful in stirring one’s emotions- love, hate, sorrow, fear, happiness.
You can add more to my list but there’s only one thing we all hate in television- COMMERCIALS!
Once upon a time there was a boy named Peter Pan, who decided not to grow up.
My boy often cries when we talks about growing up. He turned seven last April. He often said “I don’t want to grow up, I want to stay this way” I never really understood why. This was his explanation. He never wanted to grow up because he didn’t want me to grow older as well. He wants me to stay the same. It made me smile and I gave him a warm bear hug.
Everyone does grow older even though growing up is at a slower pace. Honestly, I still feel like a child inside. I didn’t feel my age. I understand now what older people really meant about staying young within. For me, growing up is when we become aware of our self, our being, our responsibilities and our role in life. Growing up means that you have attained a certain level of maturity. I don’t mind if I grow older but what’s important is if I grew up more everyday -emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This is what growing up means.
Don’t worry about getting those wrinkles. Don’t worry about the gray hair showing up. Worrying takes your time. Use that time to appreciate life. Share happiness with other people. Grow old together with your loved ones and friends. Talk about the naughty things you did when you were younger. Look back and see where you were before and where are you now in this stage in your life. Ask yourself. Have I grown up?
Twenty years from now I will be older. I will begin from this day onward until twenty more years of my life to build up great memories. So that when I look back, I will not talk about the older me but the one who has grown up.