Today I am grateful for reality television shows. The world is a fucked-up place. Bad things happen. So I turn to reality t.v., which is, in reality, not reality. And that is what I like about it. I like the competition shows, especially Survivor and The Amazing Race. I like that people put their ordinary lives on hold for these incredible, contrived scenarios that include great adventure and possibly eating really gross things.
At the end of a long day, after toddlerness has drained every last morsel of energy, I can settle down with my on-screen friends and a glass of wine and forget that some people suck. On these shows, there is a predictable formula that I find comfort in. There will be interpersonal tension, someone will be the scapegoat, there will be triumph. I like this rhythm. It is like watching a waterfall, water hits the same rocks every time.
So today, I am grateful for a t.v. show that helps me forget.