Neurotic Old Women
I have spent at least an hour every day this week trying to find something intriguing to rant about. As I sit here at 1:30 a.m. not a single topic is doing high-powered calisthenics in my brain. I am wondering – should I race to the emergency room? On a normal day, any day, and all day I am usually playing psychological ping pong with thoughts that bounce from life’s scathing inequities to chores that need attention, not to mention a bountiful dialog with Alexa to determine what day it really is. It is a ritual that truly defies all rules of propriety. Yet momentarily my mind is afloat in a sea of peace and serenity that may actually teeter on a ledge of absolute boredom. Someone, please call 911.
Boredom. Now there is an unfamiliar word to me. My dear friend Webster identifies it as the feeling of being wearied by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etcetera. My, isn’t that interesting? That definition is in stark contrast to my cerebral sea of peace and serenity reference. I do believe someone just threw a new ping pong ball into my subconscious. Does lack of intellectual stimulation equal boredom?
I will admit that it was a week that truly lacked any kind of specific focus. I allowed myself to be swept away with mindless entertainment. I am an internet TV subscriber and have one service that will not only suggest the next film title based on the type of film just watched but automatically start it unless directed otherwise. I do not believe I have ever let a “suggestion” play until this week, but I got caught up in film titles that I doubt I would have ever chosen to watch. I was delightfully surprised. It was actually both emotionally riveting and intellectually cleansing. Some were subtitled foreign films while others were coming-of-age film noir. It was refreshing to let someone (or something) else decide what I should watch. Yes, I know. Perhaps only singles understand that concept.
And to continue on this thought, is there a difference between thought-provoking vs. intellectually stimulating? Some movies do not actually ignite a response. They are just entertainment. Although I can usually glean at least one poignant quote from every film, even if I have to take it out of context.
The industry has changed so much during my time on this planet. I have another service provider that plays previews before your movie choice. I am dumbfounded at the “warnings” that accompany 90% of these previews: violence, sexual content, foul language, drug use. Whatever happened to good, clean, family fun? So often anymore, movie content neither provokes thought nor stimulates intellectually. It simply leaves nothing to our imagination. Subjects that were not even discussed privately in a careful whisper in my youth are now mainstream entertainment. Yes, times change. No, it is still unacceptable and disturbing to me.
I have officially become my grandparents. I long for Bonanza and Lawrence Welk. So, I guess I have to conclude that no, lack of intellectual stimulation does not equal boredom. But it may contribute to the psychosis of neurotic old women. Ah, but that is fodder for yet another rant.
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9/8/2021 06:39:42 am
Hi Jacque! I am also lamenting the demise of good, wholesome entertainment! I used to watch TCM a lot, but it too, has gotten “weird”. We were so fortunate to have grown up during a time when movies and TV shows were just entertaining and not always trying to make a statement. I miss that terribly! Take care!
9/8/2021 10:22:41 am
Lisa, SO TRUE! It's hard to daydream big when it's all "out there!" A hundred times over I have said that I am so glad I am old. Not only movies, but life was so simpler, and so innocent, and so wholesome when I was younger. I know it is relative to what you know, and kids today can't miss what they don't know, but I am right there with you!
9/8/2021 08:20:25 am
Please, not Lawrence Welk
9/8/2021 10:24:02 am
Life isn't just about westerns, Jer... LOL
9/9/2021 09:01:38 am
Lawrence Welk? I enjoy it occasionally due to, for the most part, how it relates to my past.
9/9/2021 09:58:18 am
You are my life barometer, as long as I don't feel the way you do I take it as I am spot on. You make me laugh, which is good, but at times you appear crazier than a loon. It's all good though.
9/9/2021 09:41:49 pm
Glad to be of service, Terry! I've been called worse than a "life barometer" before, so I consider it a compliment! I am a firm believer that crazy attracts crazy though.... LOL
9/9/2021 09:44:08 pm
Michael, you always seem to calm my ruffled feathers! I've gotten nothing but grief about The Lawrence Welk Show, so thank you for lending credibility to its immeasurable value!
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Jacque Jarrett Stratman