We waffled over the decision for days about whether or not to quit cable TV. It was really a technicality. We knew the answer. We just couldn’t admit it yet. In my post, Sacrifice is Hard to Swallow, I mentioned 3 options. We could drop cable, drop to a lesser cable TV package, or just stay as we were. We decided to look at the issue from the other side.
The question changed from “What are we going to watch on TV if we lose cable?” to “What do we want our life to look like with Timothy in the picture?”
As soon as we realized we were standing on the edge of a whole new world of experiences for all 3 of us, it became clear that we needed to make a move. The third option was completely off the table.
So, would we move to a lower package or drop cable completely? We looked at the channel lineup for the only package lower than what we had. The channels that we actually did watch weren’t included. We could have taken the road more traveled and moved down. This would have been almost the same choosing the option of doing nothing.
We would save about $120 a month by losing cable. What could we do in exchange for that $1400 plus in the next year? What opportunities would we have to open up the world to Tim and to ourselves? Is it worth it to give up the opportunity for all of these experiences just so we can sit at home in front of the TV? NO!
We know that Timothy’s world will exist primarily within a 6 inch bubble around his body for the next several months. Even then, is it better to truly focus on him or to divide our loyalties with a cord coming from the wall? Should we take the boy out for walks and to get fresh air or should he be in a bouncy chair while we watch this episode of who knows what for the 8th time?
When we looked at what we would gain by cutting the cord, it became so obvious that I felt silly for dragging it out as long as I did.
Every decision we make either moves us closer to the life we want to life or it moves us farther from it. When we look at decisions through the lens of what life could be, it’s hard to see any other options.
Next week, I’ll show you what we did to move forward without cable TV.