I’m just going to freestyle here and I’m challenging myself not to curse. It’s amazing how those sneak in here. During the recaps it is understandable but I just drop f-bombs like they’re hot these days! So you get a new me. For one post. On a trial basis.
The highs and lows of quitting a TV show you’re over-invested in.
We’ll just use the word ‘quitting’ loosely. Lol.
In previous years when I was at that stage where I sort of hated the show but not enough to stop watching, I’d come across people who hadn’t watched it in years. They’d, by all appearances, just stopped watching and caring in one day and that was it. And maybe they did, it really does take one day sometimes as I’ve learnt. Even with a show you’re over invested in. What matters is the level of investment. Someone who watches the show every day is going to be more invested that someone who watches periodically. But what also matters is interest. If you have other interests TV-wise, you’re more likely to be less invested, than say if a show is one that you spend the majority of your time watching. It’s probably a focus issue. The more focused you are on something the harder it is to divert your attention and so on.
Anyway, onto the actual highs and lows!
- LIBERATION!! It is kind of freeing when you sort of realise you haven’t even thought about something for a month – without forcing yourself to not think about it. With Supernatural, I went through many periods where I wasn’t active in the fandom, but I was still watching the show when ideally, I should have just left both alone, because what happened was that certain things would happen and certain people would join Twitter and I’d get sucked back in because I still had that level of attachment to the show and certain people. But eventually I got into a situation where I had to remove myself from everything and I quit everything and found that, actually, I could kind of go days, or months without paying attention to stuff I didn’t want to care about. To this day, the show only really crosses my mind when someone brings it up or when I log onto this blog (or whenever someone posts gifs anywhere…) and it’s been good to have my brain back.
- Realising who your friends are: You know how some people put stupid shit like, ‘I ONLY FOLLOW SPN FANS’ in their Twitter bios? And people who keep telling how much they love the show in response to you not liking it so much? Those are the ones to avoid. I won’t say any more than that.
- You enjoy other shows more – I suppose this one’s a given. If you spend X amount of time obsessing over a show, I think your actual enjoyment of your show can’t be that high, lol. To me enjoying a show is being satisfied and content with each episode, and not letting it take over your time until the next episode. I’ve seen instances where people talk about spoilers all week and all day long, and it’s just like…an hour long conversation could have covered it.
- You regain your senses and the rose-tinted glass come off: Let’s just say that once upon a time I thought a certain person pooped out rainbows and puppies, and now I think that he poops out poop and airline rants. That was a crappy way to phrase that but well…if the shoe fits…
- The Replacement: When you lose something it’s natural that you would want to replace it, right? A new show that you desperately try to get into, a new fandom, a new…whatever. Needless to say, it’s not a good idea and it doesn’t end well. I won’t say what my replacement was but I got out of there as fast as I could once I realised that people are equally as obsessive over different things.
- People can be assholes: Luckily, you can tell ’em to eff off. ;P Or ignore them, which I eventually learnt how to do. And I like to argue, so…that was not easy!
- You kind of miss it: I don’t really miss being obsessed with the show, just having that level of interest of something, though I know that it’s unhealthy so while I miss it, I don’t at the same time. If that makes any sense. I’d rather like a lot of different things than spend all of my energy on one thing.
Basically being obsessed = bad, and being healthily interested = good. As you can probably tell, I graduated from the College of Life, with a degree in Armchair Psychology. 🙂
- If anyone reading this interested in fashion be sure to check out my friend’s blog Dream In Lace!
- The whole nude photo celebrity scandal is so ridiculous – from both sides. I’m not sure why celebrities should be a target, but at the same time, some of them have questionable shots as part of their actual portfolios. The whole thing just took the focus away from more important things happening in the world. Sigh.
- HOW IS IT SEPTEMBER ALREADY? DAMN.