Thursday, October 29, 2020

Prime Time Living

When I was growing up here in the Midwest, there was a three-hour block of television programming — from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. on weekday nights (an hour later on both coasts) — that was referred to as “prime time viewing”. 


During those prime time hours, the 3 major networks aired their best shows. Supper was over, the dishes done and the kitchen tidied, and families across the country gathered in their living rooms to watch shows like I Love Lucy, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, ER, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Cheers.


Looking back, I can see that those few hours every evening were a time for people, once they’d finished their work and home duties for the day, to relax and enjoy the fruits of their 8-10 hours of labor.


Back in January, in response to conversations I had with two trusted, well-respected professionals in the publishing field about my desire to find *my true focus* as a writer, I realized that what I am passionate about is something akin to prime time viewing.


I am fascinated by and committed to what I’ve come to call "prime time living”. Let me explain.


I consider “prime time” to be that time of life — 50 years of age and older — when we’re either nearing retirement age or have retired. On the home front, any offspring are either grown and out of the family home or nearly to that point. In short, the tasks and activities that have consumed most of our adult life are, for the most part, finished. It’s time for us to enjoy the fruits of decades of “work”. Instead of three hours of prime time on weekday nights, we have years of prime time ahead of us.


Instead of “viewing” life, however, it’s time to live our lives to their absolute fullest.


How do we do that? Well, that’s what I’ll be exploring here every Thursday. I’ll be sharing information about travel, fitness, hobbies, and all sorts of things in what I hope you’ll find to be an interesting and fun way. 


I hope you’ll join me here every Thursday, and I hope you’ll invite every 50+ year old person you know to join us.


I’d love to hear your thoughts on what it means to live life to its absolute fullest. Please share your ideas as a comment below. Thanks, and I’ll see you again next Thursday!

 






2 comments:

  1. Mrs. Miinch,

    I remember the days of prime time viewing, before on demand distractions and when time appeared to move slower. I may be sub-50 but I reminisce about these times as well. I am looking forward to your Thursday posts, so I can live vicarious thru them.
    -Joe Ploetz
    #yourestillmyfavprofessor

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  2. Joe, it's great to "see" you here! I'm so touched that you're here and remember you fondly. And your # made not just my day, but my month! I hope you're doing well. :)

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