Why I Had to Kill Netflix

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I had to kill Netflix.

Why?

2 words: Battlestar Galactica.

Now, before you go being all anti-sci-fi judgy on me, hear me out.

Battlestar Galactica is one of the best sci-fi series I have ever seen. And I have seen a lot. It has a great social-commentary subtext to it that I really enjoyed. And I kept wanting to see more episodes.

And that’s the problem. It sucked me in. And rather than me having a Lost-like addiction which went on for years, I was able to watch the entire catalog of the Battlestar re-boot in a matter of weeks. Which meant there were some days that it was all I did (seriously, all I did). It was like this episode of Portlandia. (this is hauntingly close!)

And it was killing me. Because I was totally wasting my time. And it wasn’t filling at all.

Because I have learned something about what does fill me: creating. I feel most alive and most filled when I am making something: writing, making music, planning something…it fills me up.

So all the time that I should have been using to create, to write, to use my gifts…I was using to find out who was a cylon-robot.

Now, I sometimes feel fullness when I am appreciating what is created. But..not as much. Which is why I am not compelled to tell all of you to do the same thing I did with Netflix (and other reasons, like..I’m not your dad). My personality is different. Some of you can watch an episode of Downtown Abbey and not have to watch the entire season. I can’t.

So, I pray that you are able to find those things that fill you and stay away from things that you think will, but won’t at all.

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” 

Sometimes you have to kill something before it kills you.

One thought on “Why I Had to Kill Netflix

  1. i always enjoy reading your posts, Derek! I’m glad I’ve seen your updates about them on FB recently, since I’m not a great blog “follower.” Good thoughts tho, and something I readily identify with – I love the challenge to create in those moments where you might otherwise get sucked into something time-wasting or unfulfilling.

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