5 days ago
Monday, January 2, 2012
RESOLUTION - TO KNOW LESS
This past year I was pretty much adrift. There were milestones in the family, but for myself, with no set goals except to be employed full time and get those damned benefits, there was nothing else on my radar. The get myself together and lose weight thing is perennial. Will the fact that my 40th high school reunion is this year make a difference? It didn't for the 30th...
No, it is time to move on to bigger things. Things with more weight than my ass. I read about the dismantling of women's reproductive rights and I get mad, but don't do anything - and that is why those rights are eroding - we who believe sit and don't do anything about it.
It ticks me off that I know about the damned Kardashians even though I have never watched their show(s) on TV. I am sick of reports about Dancing with the Stars on the morning news shows. And why is Entertainment Tonight reporting on political scandals? In my line of site at the gym is the Maury show which is apparently a program "helping" women determine who is the father of their baby. I don't plug in to hear the show, in fact I have taken to using my exercise machine with my eyes closed rather than see the daily parade of sloppy, swearing, angry, tacky and defiant people on the screen. And worse yet, the cheering and jeering audience.
On The View a while back Whoopie Goldberg said instead of petitioning to get the Kardashian show off the air (which some people are trying to do) just don't watch the shows. Well, I don't watch a lot of shows that I end up knowing about. I end up knowing about "celebrities", toddler beauty shows and dance moms. I hear about weddings, divorces, bankruptcies, thefts, car crashes, hook ups, break-ups, trials, text messages, and tweets. I wonder how far underground I have to go to avoid Snooki, the bachelor, the singers, the housewives, the losers and the makeovers?
So this year - that is what I plan to find out. It means I can't watch The Today Show which I have enjoyed for years - or at least up until the past 4 or 5 years when seems to have left the news department. If another show I happen to be watching - like The View - starts in on the gossip or features people from those tacky shows, I will turn them off. It means no more Bravo because the programming I watch isn't worth seeing the commercials for the shows I don't. I can record the shows and speed through the crap commercials when Project Runway, Work of Art or Mad Fashion is on.
On the internet I will stop reading the Huffington Post, Jezabel and avoid clicking on many of the links I run across here and there. There is so much smart content out there I will have more time to seek out.
My resolution this year is to become more ignorant of some things in the world around me - but it is also to get involved in the stuff that matters. That part I'm not so sure about, aside from blogging (preaching to the choir for the most part) I will need to explore ways to make a mark and make a difference.
That and reduce the size of my ass.