Do you remember when TV ended at a certain time and signed off for the night? When at 1 or 2 am all channels played our National Anthem and then went to fuzz –nothing but gray static or test patterns nonstop until the next morning?
Thinking back, it was kind of nice to have that sign off - to know that when you were sleeping, so was your TV. It was like a universal downtime.
Now TV is 24/7, non-stop, something, everything, is always on anytime day or night. There is no downtime. Life runs on as we sleep - we wake up waiting to see what we missed. Sometimes I think this 24 hr TV world is very much like living with a chronic illness.
A chronic illness has no downtime. Even when not in an active flare-up, it never goes away. It doesn’t take a break. No stirring sign off of Air Force jets flying over the Rocky Mountains to strains of patriotic music in the wee hours of the morning. No few-hours break from the background noise of chronic illness.
The continuous background buzz of IBD can be so wearing. How amazing would it be to turn it off not just for a few hours but forever? That’s the promise and hope in research like the Biome Genome Project. Here’s hoping for a permanent sign-off to IBD in our near future.
Enjoy this nostalgic link TV Sign Off