Yes, we’ve heard it too many times before: watching TV is not good for the health. Studies have proven that sitting in front of the TV for hours can lead to premature death. Scary, isn’t it?
It’s hard to accept that something so entertaining can actually be diminishing the time we have on Earth. And even though no one wants to die early, limiting the hours spent watching our favorite shows can be like pulling teeth.
And if you’re stubborn like me, you’d try to look past the scientific evidence and just try to look at the bright side, secretly hoping that you don’t die at 50. So what’s the silver lining?
Television can teach us so many things on how to get through life and, if you’re lucky, come out on top. Don’t believe me?
“Everything happens for a reason”
Life can be a cold-ass bitch a lot of times. That’s why many of us whine and fish for sympathy. We think life has been unfair to us. But the thing is it’s unfair to all of us. Life throws curve balls to every one. No one’s exempted. And when you feel that things always go from bad to worse, don’t lose hope.
The best way to deal with this is to think that everything happens for a reason.
The Charmed Ones are among the unluckiest girls in the world–both here and the magical parallel universe. Their dad left when they were kids. Their mom drowned soon after. Their grandma died. They soon discovered their mom had an affair. Prue is stuck with a jerk of a boss. Piper is having problems at the restaurant she works in. And Phoebe just can’t get her life together.
However, all these series of unfortunate events were destined to make them better people. They were being prepared to save the world from all types of evils.
And they did it really well, even if it cost them the life of one sister. One would normally throw the towel and give up after the death of a sister. After all you’ve sacrificed for the innocents, you’d think the Elders would be a little generous and spare your sister’s life. Well, Prue remained dead and they continued to do their job: save lives.
Then they found out they had a half-sister. So it turns out that their mom’s infidelity yielded something good: the Power of Three remained intact.
The next time you find yourself in a rut, remember that there’s a purpose.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
“Life’s a song you don’t get to rehearse, so just sing”
A young girl shouldn’t have to bear the weight of the world in her frail shoulders. But it’s not the case for Buffy Summers. As a vampire slayer, her job is to slay demons while trying to live a normal teenage life. The latter seems to be the more difficult task.
She died twice. Lost her mom. Given a sister made from magical energy. She had to kill the love of her life to save the world. Who would get through these?
She’s made a lot of mistakes but managed to live with the consequences and do better with the help of her friends. If there’s one thing to learn from the Slayer, it’s that you have to live life on a day-to-day basis. No rehearsals. No take twos.
You’ll make mistakes, sing a wrong tune, but there’s no time to dwell on it. Each time you take a wrong turn, you must focus on moving forward.
It’s really all we need to know. We’ll suck at a lot of things, even make horrible and life-changing mistakes. But there’s nothing we can do about it but learn from it, move forward, and make better decisions next time.
“Humility (and courage) can get you very far in life”
At times when you’re too impatient to get something or go somewhere, always remember that slow and steady wins the race. And even if you know you’re among the most skilled, best-looking, or most charming person in the room, you have to play by the rules and resist the urge to take advantage of the situation.
That means no asking of favors or leveraging your connections or good looks. Wouldn’t it be nice to accomplish something because you’ve worked hard for it and not because of who you are (or who you know)?
Clark Kent is the strongest man on the planet. He’s fast and easy on the eyes as well. But he wasn’t popular in school. He wasn’t a jock nor was he a ladies’ man. He’s actually more like a loser. He was made fun of at certain times. He did manual labor at the farm he lives in. He even had to start at the bottom of the ladder when he worked at the Daily Planet.
The funny thing is he knew he’s WAY better than everyone. There was no sense of entitlement in him,
But he chose to take the long and arduous road to life. And he ended up where he wanted to be. So that should say a lot about how we should approach life.
Just think about it, if it does shorten the time we spent on this planet, maybe we’re meant to die young. Or maybe not. I don’t know about you but I’m not ditching the TV just because some scientists say so. The things I get from it are far more important than what studies say.
What about you? We’re open to more insights.