I started the 2017 year with the intention of giving myself a break from 'hustling'. I 'hustled' a lot in 2016, and didn't see much result from my 'hustle', so I thought, "Screw that. I'm not starting the year thinking about my failures. I'm just gonna reward myself with a lot of TV for a month or 2."
Ok, so it's April. I'm not getting back into any kind of hustle, because I realise this 'hustle' business is just another word for 'stress and anxiety' but here's where I've been. I've made important discoveries about life by binge watching Netflix, and here they are:
1. You need a break from your own mundane reality. We all do. Escapism is a necessary human need. My examples of the shows that might help you do this the best...
- Outlander (It is nothing like your life, and neither is...
- Call the Midwife.
- Stranger Things.
- or Lost. (I know it's old, but that scenery, and there are SO many episodes! Don't talk about the end though.)
2. Learn stuff! TV can actually teach you GREAT things. There are SO many documentaries about SO many interesting topics, some of which have inspired me to action in my life. Here are a few of my picks:
- Chef's Table.
3. Sometimes it's good to get some perspective about your own life, by watching dramatic interpretations of the misfortune in other people's lives.
Some good examples here, unless you actually do live with a drug addict drunk scheming father, are a suburban drug dealer, or your husband left you for your friends husband...
- Grace + Frankie
4. You need to just feel some emotions sometimes. Process all the feels... Laughter, sadness, sexiness, love, lament, nostalgia... Here's some places I've felt emotions. Mostly laughter. I'm practicing at being happy.
- Orange is the New Black
- 3rd Rock from the Sun.
- Master of None.
- Freaks and Geeks.
5. It will help you connect with other humans because EVERYBODY is watching the good TV. I was a few months behind in watching Stranger Things, and I really missed out on some important social interaction as a result.
Here's my top tip to get ahead of the game, watch the 2 seasons of Schitts Creek, and tell EVERYONE about it, because it's the most little known and underrated show on Netflix. You will win friends and influence people by doing this. And laugh a LOT. If you don't laugh at this show, I don't know if we could be friends.
Anyway, I hope you now can feel comfortable with your own level of binge watching, and realise, it's for the greater good! Let me know your fave shows too.