Thursday, June 20, 2013

100 Days of Big Brother...100 Days to Make Changes #BB15


In just a few hours, the house guests (or at least a portion of the house guests) will be revealed, and then the internet will blow up with all sorts of information and juicy gossip about the lucky BB15 cast and the twisty summer they have ahead of them.

But first....let me take a minute to challenge all of the fans, and particularly the live feeders.

I've been a part of the Big Brother live feed community for years, first as a frequent live feed updater on one of the big BB websites, and here on my own website since the first weeks of BB11.  Every year, live feeders joke about their lives going down the toilet as they are glued to their computer screens.  They talk about all of the sweet and salty snacks they are stockpiling, the amount of house work that isn't getting done, and sometimes the great lengths they go to in order to stay informed of any BB news while they are at their jobs.

Here's the thing...we all know it is much easier to make habits then to break them.  I am challenging you to take this opportunity, this 100 days of BB summer to either make at least one good habit, or break a bad habit.   You have until next Wednesday to make a declaration to yourself, and then you have 100 days to make something really good happen in your life.

If you've been procrastinating, this is a perfect time to start.  Just do it.  It might be hard, but know that if you stick with it, the changes will stick around too.

You can stop eating junk food in the afternoon, start walking your dog regularly, read to your kids every night, or stop throwing clothes on the floor of your closet.  Whatever you'd like to do.  Whatever you know in your heart that you need to do.  It can be very empowering.

And let's face it, you can be accomplishing something good while you are wasting your time worrying about a reality TV show.  Once the show is over, your new good habits will still be there. And that is the part of life that really matters.

I've told this story before here, but I'll summarize it again. 

I was a "party smoker" for years.  I would bum a smoke when I was out in the bars, and had a roommate for years that would knock on my bedroom door and invite me to share a cigarette on the patio before bedtime.  I would quit for a few months, and then see friends who smoked and start smoking again.  I tried to hide it, but even if you just smoke two cigarettes a day, people know you smoke.  My neighbors could smell it wafting from my patio.  I tried to quit more than a few times, but would always cave if the opportunity arose.  I tried to tell myself that I could stash a pack of Marlboro Lights in the back of a kitchen drawer for when a particular friend visits, but of course I went through them myself.

The night of the BB11 premiere, I didn't watch it live, because I went to the Braves game, fully intending to be home in time for the live feeds to start.  I wasn't driving that night, so I had a few beers and came home to find only one cigarette left in the pack.  I smoked the hell out of that cigarette, then watched the first BB11 episode on the DVR and then the live feeds started and I got caught up in that.

The next day I wanted a cigarette, but I decided to quit.  For real and for good.  Just like that.  In the back of my mind I said, "just quit for BB11 and then see what happens".  That was the day I quit for good, and I can thank Big Brother for that. 

Now, maybe my house was a mess and I snacked like crazy for the rest of the summer while I watched the live feeds, but I accomplished something important.  And it stuck.


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