So I’m watching cartoons with my daughter and we’re watching the “kids” playing on the playground…when it hit me…we’re watching these kids play, when WE should be playing.
And then it hit me like a truck…I like to watch other people do stuff! (OK, not in a naughty way – you pervy minds). Holy Oprah A-ha moment! I loooooooove watching TV, always have. I am a child of the 80’s raised on cable TV. I love travel shows, but not in a “I wanna go there!” sort of a way. I realized…I would prefer to WATCH the show “The Amazing Race” than be ON the show “The Amazing Race”. Oh my gosh! What does this mean????
I’m reminded of the episode of Will and Grace when Harry Connick’s character invites Grace to the country to go biking and pumpkin picking.
She reacts aghast…”OH NO! He thinks I do stuff!”
Fortunately my husband shares my love for couch and TV time. Sure we like to get out of the house now and then, especially him being an avid fisherman. However, we don’t have that drive to be constantly out on hikes or attending outdoor festivals – or all the things you see people doing every weekend and posting on their Facebook pages. We love being home…doing NOTHING and especially sleeping in our own bed. There I said it!
I once dated a personal trainer from England (yes, just that description should have had me running for the hills), and this dude just could NOT lay around and watch TV. I think this was the day I realize that I was truly an American. He was horrified how me and my roommate would just lay around and watch episode after episode of MTV’s “The Real World”. This was heaven to her and I. Needless to say, that relationship did not last long. For me the deal breaker was more that he always said “Cheers” when we got off the phone.
Back in the day when I used to do online dating, I always found it so hysterical how guys would fill their profiles with pictures of them doing all kinds of activities and pictures from exotic locales. For me, this was not a turn-on. My first thought wasn’t, “Wow! This guy is so exciting! What an exciting life he leads.” It was more of a “oh boy, this guy is too high maintenance and needs to be constantly ‘doing stuff’. I’ll pass, Adventure Boy.” I guess I am the minority.
My worry is that now I’m going to pass this on to my daughter. Is she not going to be a “Do-er”? Don’t get me wrong, I am a hard-worker and so is my husband. But you won’t find us repelling off mountains, backpacking across Europe or white water rafting in remote, exotic locations. I value a “Lazy Sunday”. I relish in a Friday night on the couch watching a movie with a glass of wine and takeout pizza. I have no desire to plan a pilgrimage to a foreign country or ride a camel.
Everyone seems to have their own “bucket list” filled with activities and travelling. Is it bad that one man’s bucket list is my complete nightmare? I will never jump out of an airplane or go through Niagara Falls in a boat. Ugh. It’s official. I’m boring. xo
What’s on your bucket list? Do you find yourself attractive to people who are adventurous? Share your opinion below.