What To Do When Soaps Stop Satisfying


For everyone who tuned into BBC1 for an hour and a half yesterday, only to find out that the murder suspect we’ve been waiting for for 10 months is a boy under 10, who didn’t really mean to kill his sister, I share your flurry of emotions.

Firstly bewilderment. You’re struggling to believe a little boy has enough strength to give such a powerful blow it could cause someone to die of a head injury. Then you try and piece together the flimsy motive ‘she was making everyone unhappy‘ as a reason for said boy, to want to cause his sister a head injury.

The confusion soon slips into anger as you realise you haven’t just wasted 1.5 hours of full concentration, but 10 months thinking every so often about possible murder suspects, and countless conversations debating the possibilities with friends. When you think about all of that time you’ve dedicated to the storyline while all along the ‘murderer’ has been a character that gets to say around 10 lines a month you have to ask: Do the Eastenders producers think I’m a mug?!

Finally disappointment clouds over what’s left of the evening. Well that was an anti-climax if there ever was one. I really had to question my loyalty to the show and decide whether I wanted to tune in ever again. You know that thing girls do when one guy breaks their heart so they vow never to give another guy the time of day? Those were my sentiments exactly. Just while I was considering boycotting all soaps and tv dramas in order to protect myself from future heartbreak, I realised that I might be being slightly over-dramatic and maybe there could be another way.

This time it was Eastenders, but usually I’m rolling my eyes at the next far-fetched plot twist in Scandal or pulling out my hair as The Good Wife takes yet another season break as if the one over Christmas wasn’t enough!

There comes a time when you’ve got to think maybe it’s me that’s investing just a bit too much of myself into *insert programme here* and it’s not the creators fault that their shows aren’t living up to expectation.

I’m passionate about TV shows but the same could apply to anything that has stopped making you feel the way it once did; your job, your hobbies, even your friends and your relationship. So many of us are looking for satisfaction in the wrong places, we place the things we’re seeking it in on such a high pedestal, they’re bound to fall off and leave us wanting.

If you’ve read the blog before you know where I’m going with this. There is only one guy that will keep on satisfying you and won’t ever leave you wishing you’d placed your bets and invested your time into other things. I met him a while ago and every so often when things in my life disappoint and hurt me more than I thought I’d given them room too, I realise that I’ve taken all my eggs out of the right basket.

Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (‭John‬ ‭4‬:‭13-14‬ NLT)

There is nothing wrong with loving a show, or having a best friend, and wanting to spend your spare time with your hobbies, but don’t expect anything to give you the satisfaction that my main squeeze Jesus does.

Love you Dani-ella xxxx

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