For the first year of married life, Nicole and I didn’t own a television.
Heck, we didn’t even have Netflix. (This was before Netflix streaming was a thing.)
Whenever we wanted to watch a movie or tv show (on DVD) we used one of our laptops. We would set the computer on a small black side table — that hosted a few candles when it didn’t serve as a makeshift entertainment center — and huddle together on the love seat to watch our movie or show.
Ah, those halcyon days of early marriage.
We bought a TV a little over a year into our marriage and settled into it pretty nicely.
But this week, we decided to take a cue from our early marriage.
We sold our TV.
That’s right. Above our fireplace where our TV once hung — always tempting us with its large, rectangular black eye — now hangs, well, nothing. Four holes in the wall where our TV mount was bolted into the wall are the only reminders that we used to settle into the couch on a regular basis to watch Netflix or Hulu or HBO or downloads from iTunes.
But the decision didn’t come easy.
Before selling it, I had second thoughts.
After all, I love watching Netflix and Hulu and HBO to unwind after work. And eating meals in front of the television is a time-honored tradition. Then maybe one or two episodes of one of my favorite shows before heading to bed.
Once the TV was gone, what could I possibly do instead?
That’s the power of TV. It’s seductive like that.
We’ve never had cable or satellite, so ridding ourselves of the TV isn’t about saving money.
It’s about freeing up time.
Freeing up time to focus on the things that really matter. To be more active in our lives than merely passive. To create more rather than simply consume. To explore and wander and contribute to our community.
That’s not to say we are going to stop watching TV. We won’t. We will just have to watch it on our computer rather than an actual television.
But, honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if we find ourselves watching less and less.
For the first time in eight years, we don’t own a television.
And I couldn’t be more giddy about it.