I’ve just wrapped up watching the series Breaking Bad. Whoa…
I have to admit, I’m not a big watcher of television and when I do, Breaking Bad is not the kind of show I would have normally been drawn to. But with a cut back on cable and an interest in trying Netflix on our new Apple TV, I asked my Facebook friends what show they’d recommend. Breaking Bad won hands down. While some of the images and storyline gave me nightmares, I was fully engaged in the characters. And with the beauty of Netflix on demand, I could get the kids to bed and watch multiple episodes. I suspect I will forever see large duffle bags and wonder if they contain millions of dollars.
For certain, I’m not advocating that Breaking Bad is a series you need to check out for yourself. And don’t worry, if you are watching it now – I absolutely won’t spoil it for you. I am sharing my Breaking Bad experience because I realize on the morning after my final episode that I’m going to miss it. I will miss escaping for one or two nights each week for a few hours into a world I will hopefully never know first-hand.
Yes, I suspect we’ll move on to some other television show our friends have recommended (right now, we’re leaning toward House of Cards and are open to other suggestions!) – but the point of this blog is to advocate for some kind of escape. Every once and a while, I think it’s good to check out of our reality. Whether its television, a book, meditation, pinning recipes you’ll never cook on Pinterest, golf or whatever – I believe each of us needs time to escape and hopefully, in some way, recharge our batteries.
Post KY Gives Day 2014, I know I needed a break. And you know that nonprofit work is stressful (I have to believe my husband when he tells me that work in the for-profit world is just as stressful). So recharging our batteries in whatever way works best is important. I believe it’s important for our work to serve communities and it’s important for our own well-being. Burnout doesn’t benefit us as individuals and it doesn’t benefit the nonprofits and communities we serve. So while I initially felt guilty watching Breaking Bad instead of wrapping up a proposal or report on a Sunday evening, now I don’t. We all deserve time off. We all NEED time off.
So, how do you recharge your batteries? And what series do you recommend I check out next?