The first thing people ask me, when they hear that I don´t own a TV is “What do you do without a TV?”
A great questions that offers me a lot of unsaid knowledge about the person who is asking me that questions. Things that run through my mind are:
- How much time, does that person spend on her or his own?
- How many books does that person read?
- What is that person escaping from by watching TV all the time?
- What will happen, if I would take away the TV?
And many more things that come up in my transactional analysis brain…
Things that I do not having a TV: (Fotos zu allen Punkten)
- I read books.
In my case a lot of scientific books or articles. I´m not much of a fiction or love books reader. I have books laying around everywhere. Normally I read more than one at the time.
- I write articles.
Like the one you read right now. Or the ones on transactional analysis (Link). If you are a head person like me, getting rid of your thought by writing is a great thing to do.
- I cook and bake.
You probably saw the recipe section. If not here you go (link)
- Spend more time with your partner, properly in bed.
- I listen to broadcasts of all kinds.
I can do something productive at the same time. While cleaning or drawing, it´s sometime nice to listen to some input.
- I have awesome discussions with myself.
Reflecting my past and building my future. Uhhh yeahhh. Even if some people consider me crazy, having a talk with myself is a very important thing for me. Like cleaning up your flat, it´s also very important to clean up your psyche. Your brain sees and hears your thoughts differently, when you say them out loud rather than just thinking about it. I don´t know how it works, but for me, having said something out loud makes my thoughts more tangible. It helps me to ask myself better questions.
- I meet friends for a glass of wine, a cup of tea or an ice cold beer.
Taking time for other people is very important. I´m an extrovert in my job and more of an introvert at home (nobody guesses that). So I really like to be alone and just reload my batteries. My garden is a great power plant for me. Never the less I always know, being alone is not something to stretch out all the time.
- I do nothing at all.
When was the last time you just sat down, doing nothing? Don´t have music on, no one around to talk to? Just yourself? Silence isn´t empty. It´s full of answers.
The hell yeah, I spend so much time planting, creating, building, I´m loving every little leaf of my garden and balcony. Plants are kind of a therapy for me. No matter if your day was great or really sucked, sitting in my garden watching my plants or getting stuff done always finishes the day off as perfect.
- I listen to music.
I´m not the person who needs music all the time to make the silence disappear. I rather have music on and start dancing through my flat. That usually happens when I turn on music. If I work and need some destruction, I can just listen to instrumental music for example Yurima or Dexter Britian, otherwise I would start singing and then dancing and end up not working at all.
- I sleep on my sofa.
- I go for long walks.
As I live right next to the woods, perfect to spend time and free my mind.
- I skype with friends abroad.
- I crack walnuts.
- I do handicraft work.
All kind of stuff. Have a look.
- I travel.
Here you can see some examples where to go too.
- I photograph.
- uuhhh and very important I clean.
Believe me I´m never bored or doesn´t know what to do with my time. I´m lucky I had a childhood before technology took over, so I learned how to spend time not needing my computer or smartphone to keep me busy. My mother told me, I always could play for hours on my own and as long as I had a doll or some bricks, I didn´t need someone to take care of me.
Somehow I´m still that child, I need plenty of time for myself. It gives me peace and new energy for upcoming projects and ideas that need to be put in to action.
I even have times, when I grave being alone. Too many people around me gives me the feeling of getting sick and I easily get headaches because of it. Being on my own doesn´t mean loneliness to me. I love being alone and spending time with myself gives me the feeling to become a better person, as I get to know myself better and better.
So what do you do to spend your time? (not using your TV)