Who says TV is bad for you? I know I heard that somewhere. Maybe it was just sitting too close to the television set that I was warned about? Anyway, contrary to popular belief, I think television and movies can be good for you. In the movie, What About Bob, Bob takes a vacation from his problems. TV can offer a tiny vacation from your problems. A few minutes to laugh or solve a crime, and forget about that doctors appointment coming up, or that test you have to take, or whatever it is that you don’t really want to do. And, for those of us who aren’t able to physically do much besides reading and surfing the internet, sometimes movies and television are all we have to keep busy. Well that, and writing a blog will keep you pretty busy!
When I could no longer do things with my kids that required physical movement of any kind, watching TV was something we could do together. Each week when our favorite programs were on, they would actually come out of their rooms and spend a few minutes with their mother! Even though they no longer live at home, we still watch television and movies together. My oldest daughter and I watch The Middle almost every week. My youngest daughter and I try to catch up on Grey’s Anatomy most Friday’s when she comes over.
The same day I received my third confirmation that, yes, I had what doctors considered to be a terminal, incurable, and untreatable disease, my husband and I went straight to a movie theatre. Why not, right? We both had the whole day off of work, why waste it being sad and depressed? I had, according to everyone “in the know” (neurologists), at the very least, a couple of years for that. So, we went to see, There’s Something About Mary. Definitely the most hilarious movie of 1998. So, when my mind would have normally been devoured by sadness, instead, I smiled and laughed for 119 minutes. Probably the best thing I could have done at the time.
Now there are probably close to a million channels (okay, not quite) to choose from, streaming on Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, etc.. Although there are way too many shows not worth watching, there are some really great ones out there too. You can now watch them anytime. No more waiting all week, or even all year to watch the annual showing of holiday programs or movies. If you are stuck in a bad mood, or feeling down, a funny movie or sitcom can be just the ticket, to at least give you a break from the way you are feeling. The more you can laugh, the better you will feel. I promise. Laughter really, sometimes, is the best medicine. So, try it. The next time you are feeling down, watch an episode of The Middle, or find What About Bob on Netflix. I guarantee you will feel a little better!