Friday, January 25, 2013

Spending More Time Doing What I Love

I did a little count today, and found out that, among the 240 DVDs, VHS tapes, and Blu-Rays in my collection, 160 of them are ones that I have watched less than half of, if any part of them at all.  That amounts to two-thirds of my collection that I have yet to watch.  Even more to the point, there are numerous books on my shelves, most of which I have yet to read.  That's got to change; what kind of entertainment fan would I be if I'm not spending time with what media I have?
Frankly, though, I've been that way before; when I was a kid, I wanted to have a massive Beanie Baby collection, but was unwilling to work for them.  I simply wanted them handed to me, and whined and complained because I only got them as birthday and Christmas gifts, which was my own fault.  Now, it seems, I'm doing essentially the same thing: spending more time and effort figuring out how to amass more media--library sales, thrift stores, yard/garage sales, trade-ins, eBay, discounts, coupons, etc.--instead of actually using my time to consume the media that I already have.  Though I have read some books and watched some movies lately, it hasn't been as many as I could have.  The chronic distraction of Facebook only makes matters worse.
So, here is my plan for the rest of the year, which was inspired by my resolution for 2013:
  • Spend less time looking for "deals" online, poking around endlessly on Facebook, or doing other non-constructive tasks.
  • Spend more of my spare time doing what I love: reading books, watching movies and TV shows, and reviewing whatever I've just read or watched online.
I want to make two things clear: First off, I refuse to let entertainment interfere with social interaction.  I don't like missing a social event I'm invited to; if I do, it's usually because I'm sick, I can't get there, etc., not because I want to stay at home and watch Nickelodeon.  Second off, why do I keep doing the reviews? I can answer that in one word: You. Whether you're a Facebook friend, or just a random Internet user, I know that people such as yourself have enjoyed reading my reviews pretty much since I started posting them a few years ago.  Not only that, but it helps keep me out of trouble; my long-time Facebook friends have probably seen where I've made some controversial posts that got me in hot water with quite a few folks.  I've learned from my mistakes, and I've found that if I have something worthwhile to fill my spare time with--such as entertainment--then I won't be led astray.  I know most people my age don't have near as much spare time as I do; most coeval Americans' time is filled up with work, school, relationships, and/or kids, and not only do I not have the latter three, but I only work two days a week.  That, combined with the fact that I don't drive, leaves much of the week for me to do whatever I home.  Though Zuckerberg's website may beckon, there are far better uses of my time than going on there endlessly.  It's up to me to use my spare time doing what I love; if I waste it, I can't get it back.
All right, I'm done; there are DVDs to be watched, and books to be read.  Look on Siobhan's Entertainment Reviews if you want to see my thoughts on them.

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