The Purge

One of the challenges of today’s lifestyle is clutter. In this case I don’t mean the accumulation of physical possessions so much as the use of our time. Periodically I find that I need to weed out some of the things I spend my time on, not because there’s anything wrong with them individually, but because I could be doing more valuable things with my life.

To that end, last night I purged a bunch of apps from my phone that I rarely use, which frees up system resources and probably speeds it up a bit. Then, this morning I deleted several of my Google Reader feeds. I had collected a lot of items that I enjoyed reading at first, but after a while it became a chore to read every post.

I have also whittled down my TV consumption over the past few months (having no TV reception and no cable/satellite is great for that). I could catch most of what I wanted on various websites, but it has ended up being enough of a chore that even the few shows I used to watch just don’t seem important to me anymore. These days the TV is mostly showing cartoons on Netflix for the kids.

That leads me to another lengthy train of thought that I didn’t intend to post here, but I will give you the short version. (Warning: cranky old guy alert!) I kind of resent that so much of our society is based on creating and consuming entertainment, and that we have nothing better to do with our lives than to watch and talk about TV and movies. It seems insulting to us, somehow. I think I will lead a much richer life if I get off the couch. Anyway, I know it’s not an original though, so I’ll end that there. But it is interesting to notice the changes in myself as I age and realize that it’s a natural progression to cranky old man, and that’s okay.

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