There’s a hazy amount of sluggishness that hits me when I watch too much tv back to back (I’ll use tv as shorthand for both tv shows and film).
There was a couple of days last week I found myself on a binge. The first day I had a great reason (I was feeling the side effects of getting a COVID vaccine). The second day (after work) I didn’t have a great excuse. I was just feeling lethargic.
Don’t get me wrong, I love films. I love the craft of it, the storytelling, and the acting. I think the problem is more in the binging. Too much of a good thing, you know? Even if you’re chowing down on documentaries and foreign thinkers—too much is too much.
I’m not a channel surfer guy, and the closest thing to reality tv I watch is a vlog or 3. I really only binge when I’m under the weather. But even so, there are side effects that remain after a few days. Side eying my iPad. Mentally trying to think of a reason to pull up a new episode. I resist, but the feeling is there, which I find interesting.
Too much of anything sours into a bad thing, because it ultimately distracts us from living and enjoying more rewarding things.
There’s exercising. And being with friends. And walking your pet. And making something meaningful. And learning something new. And reading a book. And hiking. And making your own films. And so many things beyond another ten episodes.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1252