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I stopped watching movies to invest in other areas of my life

Posted by on October 20, 2011

Yes, I have done it! As of this year of 2011, I have not seen that many movies in their entirely. I think I’ve seen more movies in the airplane than sitting down in a theater this year! Then again… even last year, I think I saw a total of 10 movies. I’ve decided that watching movies and TV is counter productive to what I want to do in life. I want to accomplish more in life than most people do in their lifetimes and the best way for me to do that is to make sacrifices. My time here on earth is limited. My friend said it best that “you only have about 20,000 days to live so make each day count.” Well, in order to pursue the things I want the most in life, I’ll cut out movies as they are just for viewing pleasure not accomplishment building.

Also, I’ll find myself unable to sit in front of the TV doing nothing as I’m used to actually doing something. I’ll even make remarks about movies where I’d be left moving my head left and right, “that can’t happen in real life!” or “that’s not how that piece of equipment works!” or “the producers have no idea what that place is really like!” The thing that really gets me though is the fact that I’m watching (or in this case, helping) someone else accomplish their dreams when I should be pursuing mine. Unless I’m planning to be a movie critic or cast director or something of that matter, there is nothing for me in movies to enhance my life. Often I won’t remember what I saw at a movie.

The worst part about movies is how much people relate to them as if they happened for real life! They revolve their entire lives around movies and what they watched instead of filling their memories with actual events that happen to them! I had one guy at work laughing about all the funny stuff that happened in movies but most of the time I could not relate as I haven’t seen any of them. He kept referring to this happened in this one movie which like what happened at work. I just looked at him with a blank face while other workers would avoid him as well preferring to talk with me instead as I actually had real life experiences.

However, how desperate you are, if you really must watch movies, I’d advise only to do so with other people like friends and family that way it’s considered “hanging out time” and not doing something individually. By watching something together, you’re able to somehow bond with another person watching something. Whatever that means. I have a friend who is a big movie buff who loves watching movies and is trying to get into the movie and TV entertainment business. He’s big into plots, taglines, visual effects, but he values my judgment of the movies because unlike a lot of people I will tell it as it is. He might say that the movie had a horrible plot but I’d say it was fun to watch! Who cares about the plot! And another movie he’ll say it was excellent acting and I’ll say it was boring. We’re hanging out by critiquing but how many friends do you have that do that? Not much. The main takeaway from this is to do things with other people as much as possible unless it’s stuff that you have to do on your own.

Sure, I might sit down and watch movies on my own one day but hopefully, it’s when I’m about to die and I’m lying in a hospital bed watching all these movies that were brand-new once, about 40-50 years ago but only now am I watching them for the first time to pass the time. And even then I’ll probably keep thinking about all the real-life things that happened to me that I’ll keep remembering about since they were actually real! Movies are just time-users in my opinion but if you cannot give them up then keep them a big part of your life. Just understand that you will give up other aspects in your life if you choose movies instead.

Then again, movies are great brain candies – easy to process as you just sit there motionlessly. If you’re left with little money and time on this earth and you’re trying to maximize your positive feelings of life then I suppose the big screen is probably the best way to do it. That’s what my neighbor did by purchasing and installing 2 huge plasma TVs in his house before he passed away…