For years I've been one to voice how quickly I would “cut the cord” when given the chance. I figured my wife was holding “the keys” – and until she said the word – cable was here to stay.
So when she told me that she was ready to get rid of cable, I was elated.
“Sweet! Let's do it!” I exclaimed.
That was several weeks ago. Sadly, we have yet to cut the cord. I guess I got to thinking about the programs I would be missing (and the goofy early termination fee that we'll need to dole out to Comcast):
- Gold Rush
- Bering Sea Gold
- PGA Tour golf tournaments (basically, the Golf Channel)
Now I know many of you have already done the deed (or never even had it). For that, I applaud you.
For many years, I lived without a TV and cable – and life was great! During that time, I was a lot more relational, managed to get out of debt and was able to spend time on other worthwhile projects.
Perhaps it is age or laziness (probably the latter), but giving up cable has been a lot harder than I had anticipated. For me, it is so easy to sit and “vege out” than to use my mental capacities to think of other things to do. OR to just sit and read, or be still. Being still is hard in our culture and very underrated.
Setting a date
All that said, my wife and I have finally set a date. After Labor Day, we'll be calling it quits.
Granted, we'll still have our internet connection (thank you Jesus), so we can stream entertainment on demand as needed. Which leads me to another situation: Can you actually spend more money after slashing cable by signing up for Netflix, Hulu and the like just so you don't miss those “must see” shows / movies?
We've already been scoping out where we can see some of the shows that my wife and I enjoy. Many of them are available online – some are not. We'll make do.
My wife and I are already prepping for the change. She has started some online classes she's wanted to take, we've done a puzzle together (a puzzle!) and I'm gonna start making a list of books to read.
I'm sure we'll go through some withdrawal. But, I'm looking forward to keeping more money in our pockets and being still.
Was cutting the cord hard for you? How do you spend your time, post-cable?