Contributed by Bob Rawlins, consultant to CAIRE Inc.~
It’s April already, wow. During the last several months when it was a bit cooler there were so many things you could have done. For instance, watching movies, reading, maybe a hobby or two. As the weather warms, we should get out and walk, but when you get home from your adventure you’ll always have time for some good tv.
To prevent cabin fever I often read, write obviously, and watch some tv, mostly movies. Streaming services are great resources, and now there are some good promotions for many of my favorites from cellular companies who have tempting offers in exchange for a phone upgrade.
Streaming services do offer the ultimate flexibility allowing you to stay active and watch TV on your schedule.
I have found Netflix and Amazon offer the best selections. YouTube TV is also offering some good viewing choices. For those on fixed incomes often traditional cable can get expensive quickly especially when you order expanded channel offerings. It can add up quickly.
There are lots of things to see. Documentaries like, “MH370: The Plane That Disappeared,” mystery of the missing Malaysian Flight 370 from years ago, still unsolved but very intriguing as they describe many scenarios. “Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal” is another true story that is sad but very interesting. If you like old documentaries from the past history of the many wars we have been in, they are also quite intriguing.
You can find just about anything in any genre of comedy, romance, thrillers, mystery and intrigue that will get your mind and blood flow moving.
There are many good foreign films as well, “Fauda” is a great one to watch. “Peaky Blinders” takes you through the many exploits of Ireland and English crime back many, many years ago.
There are lots of choices revolving around the Roman Empire, one of my favorite subjects. “Troy Fall of a City” is very good. Barbarians I and II is very interesting and is centered around the years of the Vikings crusade. As you can tell, I do like history movies.
So many romance and romantic comedy movies. From the older classics, I like “Notting Hill” with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
Thrillers and suspenseful series like “Breaking Bad,” “Longmire,” “Wednesday,” and “The Blacklist” – my favorite with James Spader is spectacular.
“Full Swing” for the golfers is very good. “Heartland” is a feel-good series which celebrates the good things in life and people in it.
There are huge offerings in the category of action and adventure. If you love Mark Walberg movies check out “Mile 22.” “London Has Fallen” with Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, and several other films that have followed this one, are fantastic. You see one you’ll want to see them all.
They have so many series and movies to watch. You can search by category, actor names, titles etc. Friends, this will keep you busy, but entertained as well.
Lots of my family and friends watch and share their favorites with me. It is a lot of fun to talk about and a great way to communicate with each other on a regular basis with them.
You can even stream movies together, and have your own virtual watch party! This became very popular during the pandemic, when getting together in person was more challenging. It is still a great way to hang out and share time together.
It is hard to stay active sometimes, especially when on certain days we aren’t as mobile as we would like to be. As always, make the most of it and talk to your doctor about your daily routine.
This commitment to find balance between activity and rest has really become another hobby for me and I definitely share and critique my thoughts with others. Use your interests and favorite shows as a conversation starter when you catch up with your family and friends. Communication keeps our mind active. I find it most rewarding as well.
Enjoy my friends. Also, don’t be discouraged if you watch some duds in your movie viewing – it is just another thing to share.
Make this fun and watch when you want, and make it a hobby you can do at your leisure.
Enjoy the media arts, till next time.
#smileeveryday, #touchaheart, #breathe-easy
Love you all,
Bob Rawlins, 65, of Medina, Ohio, is a double lung transplant recipient and a patient advocate for those who suffer from respiratory diseases and have been prescribed supplemental oxygen therapy. He is husband to Terese and father to their 18-year-old triplets. He also has two grown twin sons and four grandchildren. He serves as a hospital volunteer, band dad and chaperone, and marketing guru.
The contents of this blog post are not intended to substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician for personalized medical advice. When using any oxygen therapy device please consult the applicable product instructions for use for product indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and detailed safety information.