The 2017 Hollywood award season is in full-swing and will culminate in the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th.
If, like many, you are tired of hearing about and from Hollywood, why not tune out this year?
Here are 7 things you should do instead of turning on ABC network television and watching the parade of celebrity self-congratulations.
Counting down, you could instead:
7. Read a book
I don’t think anyone could really argue that 4 hours of your time would be better spent reading than watching yet again as Hollywood pats itself on the back. Even better if you bypass the gatekeepers and read something by an indie or small press author.
My favorite category is Sci-fi> Post-Apocalyptic but there’s a book out there for every taste and then some.
Host a games night party for family and/or friends who just aren’t that into self-congratulatory celebrities either. Break out the Scrabble, Pictionary and Monopoly, serve snacks and enjoy spending your time with people who actually mean something to you.
Our current family favorite is Pandemic.
5. Movie Night
Movie buff but dislike the cult of celebrity? Hey, I love movies too but the collective celebrity virtue signaling has taken some of that enjoyment away. That doesn’t mean I still don’t watch films- I do. But I’m much more selective now, and I speak my mind with my money too.
Fact is, most people who watch the Oscars don’t even watch most of the films. So maybe instead of watching the awards watch the movies themselves. Or a good documentary.
Recommended: Hacksaw Ridge, nominated in the category Best Director
4.Be There for Somebody
Spend some quality time with the real people in your life. Take a friend or loved one out for dinner. Make root beer floats and build a fort in the living room with your kids. We live in an increasingly disconnected world despite being available online constantly. Why should celebrities get our undivided attention and not the people who mean the most to us? Famous people aren’t that important. Really.
3. Take Care of Yourself
Celebs don’t have to be reminded of this, but we do. Use the time Sunday evening to go for a walk and get some fresh air. Take the dog for a long walk and if it’s a clear night, look up at the stars. Revel in being alive and feel as deserving of attention as any actor at a silly awards show. And if the weather isn’t great or your don’t feel like walking, go to bed early and enjoy the extra sleep.
2. Connect with your Spirituality
Pray. Be still.
We all, even the non-religious among us, seek answers to the meaning of life and why we are here. That very human craving for meaning, for a higher power, exists in almost every culture throughout history. Some have suggested that in our present time we’ve filled that need for something bigger than ourselves with pop culture and celebrity worship. Maybe instead of watching the Oscars, we could take that time for reflection and exploring how we feel about life.
1. Celebrate True Heroes
Hollywood can’t hold a candle to the real heroes of our world. I’m talking about the first responders who risk their lives every single day for us.
Instead of giving your time and attention to a parade of over-valued film industry types congratulating themselves, why not bring coffee and treats to your local fire station or police department? Spend the evening letting them know how much they are appreciated.
I guarantee they’ll appreciate your time and effort way more than Jimmy Kimmel and Meryl Streep. (Because anyone who demands to get paid to wear a gifted $105,000 gown isn’t worth your attention no matter how many Oscars they’ve won.)