You know when you have one of those days where you’re just like – Too bored to study. Too bored to go for a walk. Too tired to do the dishes that have been piling up for a while (Yup. Probably my most hated chore :P) Basically, too tired to get out of bed! My primal solution? Cozy up under nice clean sheets (Boy! Don’t we all absolutely loooove the smell of washed sheets!), find a bag of chips, get hold of the remote control and laugh your head off whilst watching whichever is your favourite sitcom on the tube (Yay!)
Sitcoms, which is short for “situational comedies”, have been around for a while. Self-admittedly, I wasn’t exactly enthusiastic about them when I was younger. Back then, it was mainly thick novels, outdoor sports or just homework. But the time I actually struck gold with this genre was when I started medical school about 2 years ago and was forced to live in a hostel.
All my other friends out there, who, like me, aren’t exactly party animals and don’t drink and dance their nights happily away (no offense), this gold mine is a boon. While the party goers and other people wonder what people like “us” do on Saturday nights and probably all of Sunday, here is your answer!
Hostel life or life in general can become very stressful. There’s loads of competition that is just increasing with the passing time (read: cut-throat competition), too much work to be done in a day that makes 24hrs seem too less for such accomplishments and then there’s family and relationship commitments (yes, let out the breath that you are holding in my friend, we’re all going through the same thing. But life’s still beautiful! 😉 ) With so much going on at the speed of lightning, no matter how much you try, you cannot do everything. You cannot finish everything you started. But that’s okay. Because, when you come back home from school or your job and just flop down on your couch, holding your head in your hands, that’s when the “the knight in shining armour” comes to your rescue!
You switch on the television and there it is, your favourite sitcom making your anxiety and stress melt away without you even realising it. And before you know, you are going to bed with a smile on your face, ready to face another day..
There are many genres out there – romance, revenge, horror, fiction, detective stuff and much more. But for me, sitcoms do the job. No matter what your choice, you are bound to get a good laugh and it’s a no brainer that laughter is the best stress buster.
Their secret is probably this – they slowly relax you with a great start up and then twine their way into the humor. When you follow a series religiously, you will find yourself living another parallel world – the world of the series you are watching. You can actually imagine yourself being there, feeling happy and sad with them. Plus, they don’t fool you by only showing you happily ever afters.They softly put forth some of the best lessons of life and teach you that it’s okay to not be okay.
This can do wonders for you for the simple reason that it let’s you be in your own space for a while, allows you to have your own interpretations without feeling overwhelmed by people’s judgement of your choice (if you felt that Rachel, from friends should’ve understood Ross when he said “they were on a break”, that’s okay! If you felt otherwise, that’s okay too!) In this overtly judgy world, having to get your own opinion without other people’s voices barging in to trash your thoughts, sitcoms sure come to the rescue.
This isn’t all. They also become a great topic of conversation when you are with someone and don’t know what to say. Many relationships start over the liking for a similar show 😉 They are like common ground, knitting people together across the world. Sometimes, We get so involved (at least I do! :P) that when a particular series gets over, you don’t know what do with your life anymore. You feel lost, like that parallel life of yours just ended forever. But then, something magical happens, and another series catches your eyes. There you are, reborn again, in another story, living another life. It’s a vicious cycle, really. But definitely worth a shot.
Speaking praises for sitcoms, what I feel shouldn’t go unnoticed is the efforts these guys put in for us. It’s not easy to make someone laugh. It takes a lot of hard work, which also includes not laughing when they are shooting the funny scenes and trying their best to keep a straight face when someone falls down a flight of stairs or slips and falls in a pool. Phew! Must take a lot of work. I can’t ever think of such scenes without breaking into a laugh. It takes big guts to be okay with people laughing at you instead of laughing with you, and there’s a lot of difference in the two. I truly salute these heroes of mine, who, in a place of hurt and sorrow, are the sprinklers of happiness and joy. Keep it up guys. And my lovely readers, keep laughing and be happy. That is the only secret to a wonderful life 🙂
P.S: Don’t stop working hard on your true dreams in life. Sitcoms are just anxiety melters, use them as ladders to a bigger, stress-free success, don’t making completing a series the only motive of life. Cheers! Also, I would love to thank @lairaiwrites for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Means a lot to me. If you guys have any suggestions or comments about my blogs, I would love to hear from you. So do leave a comment and I shall happily respond. And yes, hit the like button! Have a great day ahead 🙂