2017-08-03 / Views

Turn off TV to find life’s opportunities

A column by Hannah Lentz

I haven’t had cable television in four years. At first, it was a financial decision. Then I realized I wasn’t missing much.

Not having TV made me try other things. Instead of reaching for my remote and mindlessly watching the first thing that popped up, I was forced to be a bit more creative.

I found that I was reading more, cooking more and I also spent a little less time lounging on the couch.

Yeah, sometimes I missed watching a dramatic television show about the real housewives of wherever, but I really wasn’t gaining anything from being able to watch broadcast television.

A common complaint that we all have at some point in our lives is that we’re missing something. Whether it’s a possession we crave or an envied lifestyle, we can’t help but feel as though we’re losing the game that life is throwing our way.

The reality is that things are going to get tough. We’re going to face situations that are less than ideal and we’re going to have things that stand in our way.

That’s just the way it is.

When I was working to complete my college degree, I found myself doing a lot of “what ifs” and “I wish.” With more than 20,000 students at my school, there were definitely people who were smarter than me, people who were more privileged than me and people who did things differently. It was easy to pretend like I was disadvantaged and that things just weren’t fair.

But that wasn’t reality.

Now, I’m not trying to somehow dramatically say that technology is the root of evil or anything like that, but I think the television example is reflective of a lesson we can all take into consideration. Sometimes doors are going to close on us and it provides an opportunity to look at things in a different light.

Someone is always going to have less than you and someone is always going to have more. My mom used to tell me that you gain nothing when you simply wish for what someone else had. You have to make your own successes.

It’s a point we all forget sometimes. Wishing for things to get better doesn’t make them better, it’s up to us to ensure that we are working our hardest and ensuring our own achievements.

It’s up to us to make sure that we are surrounding ourselves with people who support us and help to make us better. Whether that is a family member, significant other, close friend or classmate, it is important that we have people in our lives who push us to be the best that we can be and that we embrace the challenges that come our way.

It’s also important to consider that people are going to run into some rough waters and we have to be considerate of that even when it is hard.

So think about the blessings you have around you and the opportunities yet to come.

I guarantee they’re out there.

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