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I Can't Sit Still

I don't know about you, but sometimes I get so excited about something new that I want to do ALL THE THINGS and do them RIGHT NOW! But I'm also in a season where I realize that slowing down and taking a breather is a good thing. It's Spring and the sun is shining here in Southern California...I need to remind myself to soak it in and experience renewal rather than just relish in the rush of daily life.

When I have downtime, I like to check in to brainless tv shows, so I can check out of reality.

Some of my favorite mindless shows can be found on Bravo and over the last week, I’ve seen some good marathons and reunions while hanging out on the couch, cleaning, and paying bills.

The Housewives franchise kills me. I don’t watch them all religiously, but I’ve been known to get sucked in for stretches. These shows are ridiculous, as far from reality as you can get. The women are obnoxious and the drama is why they keep getting asked back. My eye rolls, “OMGs”, and snorts of disgust are there whenever I watch an episode.

But just this weekend, I had an epiphany: the revolting displays of these silly women are often a reflection of some of my worst qualities…

AND I’M HORRIFIED.

Sometimes, I try too hard to be liked and attempt to prove my worth by showing off. Alexis.

Sometimes, I’m loud and too fiesty. Atlanta.

Sometimes, I am argumentative and frankly, mean. New Jersey (no table flipping, though).

Sometimes, I use my position to make myself seem superior. The Countess.

These train wrecks of television draw us in, not because we’re not watching the real lives of housewives in various cities, but rather because they’re highlighting bad behavior. And if I can notice that bad behavior immediately, but not my own, I may need to make some adjustments…like spending less time with the tv and more time in reflection or with true friends who can tell me when to snap out of it.

I should also probably give them permission to slap me across the face if I ever make the Ramona crazy eyes!!!

What/who keeps you grounded and tells you the truth when you’re out of line?

Comments

  1. Oh my word those eyes! GAH!

    I have my sister as that person. She is one of the only ones (other being my hubs) that gives me the smackdown when needed.

    (p.s. love your honesty here)

  2. oh those crazy eyes!! I was watching a New York marathon yesterday and am always amazed that these are GROWN WOMEN that behave like high schoolers……but it does make for entertaining TV and I too have found myself seeing a few characteristics of not only me but friends and family in some of these “ladies”.
    and I must admit – i totally DVR the New Jersey series because they are cuckoo for cocoa puffs!

  3. Ramona’s crazy eyes freak me out! I think you’ve hit on something here. I’d rather not admit to my less than appealing flaws. It’s easier to point them out in others than to actually change.

    I will say Aviva and Carole are refreshing additions to the New York housewives. Dare I say even positive examples? I have Carole’s memoir from the library and looking forward to diving in.

  4. My brother is the one I can count on to cut to the chase and tell me the truth. He doesn’t put up with BS. Most people would rather be liked themselves than risk being disliked if they tell the truth, you know?

    See? You should have gone with me to Coto de Caza.

  5. Listen, I have totally freaked myself out before when I’ve realized that I have something in common with these women. And more just one something, or two somethings.

    I love the Housewives shows and I try not to judge them too harshly. Who knows what I would say or do if a camera edited down my worst 15 minutes?

  6. We are always disgusted and hate the worst about others because we see it in ourselves….which keeps me in CHECK all the time!

    My husband and close girlfriends keep me SERIOUSLY grounded (as well as my brother). They will call me on the carpet QUICK and never let me pull crap just because I might be able to, based on my personality. It always stings but right after they say something, I apologize and thank them.

    And I do the same for them.

    {love this post and your honesty}.

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