What is your reality right now? Do you need to lose 10 lbs? Do you need to find a better job? Are you happy with your spouse?
Each of us, at any given moment in time, has a reality different than those around us. But sometimes it is hard for us to unmask that reality because we are bombarded with other people’s realities every time we turn on the television, open a magazine, or listen to the radio.
Take, for example, reality television.
Below is a list of some of the reality television shows. I have made up my own titles for them, so please don’t take offense.
1. Dysfunctional Housewives of Every County in America
2. I Want to Hang Out with Donald Trump
3. Weight Loss Boot Camp
4. I Think I Can Sing
5. I Am a Washed Up Celebrity, Want to See Me Dance?
6. My Cupcakes are Better than Yours
7. My Fashion Designs are Better than Yours
8. Let’s See if I Can Survive on this Island with No Food or Water
9. I Want to Have 30 Hot Bachelors/Bachelorettes Fight for Me while Visiting Beautiful Exotic Spots All Around the World
10. I’m Impossibly Rich and Famous – Watch Me Whine About My Life
…and so many more. Too many to name.
It is kind of ridiculous if you ask me. Then again, I spent two hours last night watching a “don’t judge me by my looks, judge me by my VOICE” reality show.
But it’s more than just these television shows. This phenomenon has infiltrated news and magazines as well.
Watch the news, and you will hear more about Lindsey Lohan stealing jewelry than the survivors of the Japan tsunami. Maybe if they had a “survivors of the Japanese tsunami who will really make you cry while hearing about their stories” reality show, we would care more. Maybe then it would get more news coverage. Maybe we could set up a Facebook page and post comments on who to vote off the show. Maybe we could text our votes for the saddest stories…
Open a magazine and you are instantly slapped with complete “un-reality.” The women on the covers and in the ads have been airbrushed from here to eternity. Anything not airbrushed has been injected, plumped or lifted. No one looks like that — unless you have a full time nutritionist, personal trainer, makeup and hair designer, personal stylist, and a plastic surgeon.
We need to reexamine our real priorities.
What is the quality of our relationships? How authentic is our spiritual life? How can we find joy in our careers? What are we doing to be emotionally stable?
I can see it now, a new reality show, where people work each day on keeping their priorities in check and make incremental progress toward a more purposeful life.
I know I would tune in to watch that. Of course, it would probably be cancelled because the level of dysfunction is just too low.