08/29/2005: "Indulge me for one final thought"
My favorite quote from Thomas Paine ďThat which we obtain too easily, we esteem to lightlyĒ seems so true lately. When I lived in Hawaii I didnít have TV but a friend would invite me over to watch Party of Five and Iíd ride my bike 6 miles to get to their house-I always *really* looked forward to it.
Then I got a TV when I moved to Juneau but it only received 2 channels (poorly)Ö but there were a few shows that came in and Iíd wait for them to come on and it was still kind of an event (lame event but still). Next came the house and cable TV, then TIVO, and this weekend I signed up for HBO and Showtime as well...my TIVO tapes waaaaay more shows than I could ever watch. The odd thing is, the more I have the less I feel like watching. It doesnít seem special anymore. Thereís always going to be something on soÖno big deal, watch it or donít but something I really used to look forward to just seems boring now.
Music is another example. I used to buy a new CD when I could and listen to it over and over again. This weekend I downloaded close to 2,000 songs to my MP3 player. Itís just too much. We are programmed in the US to want more, earn more, buy more, move into a bigger house, buy a bigger car, but itís crap. There is only so much that we need. If we can find that point where we make enough to live simply and comfortably and give the rest away, I think thatís how to achieve long-term happiness. That is going to be my new goal, that and get off my ass and start painting again!