Ok, so I’m not on “traditional” television but now that I have your attention…
Do you often find yourself sitting in front of the television in the evening, trying to find something to watch? Do you channel up until you find something worthy of your time? Have you ever thought of turning off the television and paying attention to yourself?
So often we get caught up in the lives of fictitious characters on our favorite shows and while we could give a non-viewer a summary of each season and the entire history of the show, if we were asked to do the same about ourselves, most people wouldn’t know where to start.
Many people would rather channel up until they have a different request bestowed upon them. Why would I want to relive my life story and tell people about it? That doesn’t sound very positive, does it? Was your life not filled with comedic events, thrilling experiences, tear-jerker quality moments, serious drama, pregnant pauses and fabulous wardrobe pieces?
For most, there is an immediate discomfort or fear associated with reflecting on the past. The initial focus is placed on the dreams that were once envisioned and never achieved, a feeling of failure or defeat comes on and then the trip down memory lane requires an emergency full-stop because we want to get off the ride.
I dare you to take a look at your life and get real. Get real about who you are. Get real about where you started your life and how far you’ve come. Be proud of your achievements and forgive yourself for your attempts that didn’t equate to success and triumph. Give yourself permission to feel some range of emotions and allow those emotions to fuel your fire going forward in your life.
What have you dreamed of doing? What did you want to achieve in life? Where have you visualized going that you still haven’t been? What things have you wished you’d said to people in your life that you can still say to them? Don’t burn bridges but tell the important people in your life what they mean to you. You’re the one holding the remote control in the television series that is your life. You will never be on the bubble or cancelled or preparing for a series finale.
In your life you may have been a Nanny, a Mad Man or part of a Modern Family. You may have worked at The Office or driven a Taxi or held up a glass to say Cheers; you may have made several Home Improvement endeavors because of the space of an Empty Nest; you may have always wanted an Entourage or more Friends, Brothers and Sisters, or an extremely sassy neighbor in unit 227.
If you live your life through what you see on television, change the channel and start watching your life. Foreshadow like crazy, leave a good cliffhanger and pick up right where you left off if you decide to take a break from bettering yourself. No matter what, don’t stop watching. It is only when viewership is down that a show gets on the bubble, in danger of being cancelled.
Tune into you and the bubble will never be trouble.
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