Do you read US Weekly or other similar celebrity focused magazines? A year ago, I would never have thought I would have quit reading US Weekly. I anxiously awaited its arrival in my mailbox and I read it as soon as I could. It was a great and mind-numbing escape for me. I enjoyed seeing what celebrities were up to and what the hot restaurants and products were according to them. I usually read it on a Friday evening (that’s when it arrived!).
Even writing that now sounds funny to me. Why was I so interested in celebrity’s lives?! Anyway, when my subscription expired this time, I was well into evaluating where I spent my time (i.e. Essentialism, The One Thing, etc!) and this subscription didn’t make the cut. So, why did I decide to stop reading it?
It was taking up time that I didn’t have. We all make choices in how we spend our time and I certainly could have made US Weekly my priority. But, why? What purpose was it filling for me? It was certainly entertaining, but there were so many other things I wanted to do with the limited time I had. You’re reading one of those things – the blog! I also was trying to be mindful about being present with my family. I was reading books that energized me and inspired me to try new things and reach for new goals. Finally, I was rediscovering my creative side with all kinds of activities and US Weekly did not hold a candle to these things!
I was comparing myself to celebrities. Why do we hold them up at such a high level? I can appreciate that some of them are fantastic actors and actresses, but I really wish celebrities were people who were making a difference in the world or were fantastic business people. Being on a reality show should not qualify to get you in a magazine week after week. Comparison is the thief of joy, remember? And comparing yourself to something that probably isn’t even real was really silly.
Here’s the thing, I’m human. If I saw an US Weekly in a waiting room with a scandalous headline, I would still probably pick it up. That stuff is interesting and I can always use a distraction while I’m stuck in a waiting room. It just doesn’t need to be a part of my weekly life anymore. I have much better ways to spend my time!
Is there something you’ve cut out of your life that you used to love?