OT do you ever get jealous of commercials???

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mom4three, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. mom4three

    mom4three New Member

    Not the cruise or vacation ones..

    I mean just the ones where the people are up and jumping or dancing or running or just walking around??

    I noticed myself getting jealous of them. Am I the only sad one on the board??

    Oh I need a hobby lol...
  2. pepper

    pepper New Member

    It seems so silly, doesn't it, but I watch these people complaining about the stupidest little things that seem to be destroying their lives. I feel like giving them a knock upside the head and telling them to grow up.

    I often think that I wish I had their problems. Especially since most of them are solved within the 30 second commercial with one invaluable product.

    I try to remember that this is only marketing and not real life but it does bug me too!

  3. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member

    My head started filtering that junk out years ago.
    Most of it is laughable.

  4. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    But I LIKE commercials. They're a soothing fantasy world where everything is perfect in thirty seconds or less.

    You ever notice the families in food commercials? They are clean, well-dressed, live in tidy homes... and go ape crazy over tacos for some reason. ;) It's just funny to me. Like, nobody should get THAT excitied over tater tots and cola. But they do.

    My favorite commercials are the ones for Crafstman tools at Canadian Tire. In those ones, some poor helpless soul is having problems hanging his pictures straight or driving a nail without banging his thumb. And then a tidy, bearded older gentleman who is his neighbor swoops in with the latest gadget that will make all the guy's problems dissappear. And then the jingle, "Help is close... to home." What could make you warm or fuzzier than that?

    And then there are makeup and lotion commercials. The ones about the terrible emotional devestation that "fine lines and wrinkles" can cause, and how any poor old saggy momma can be a beauty queen if only she gives this product a try.

    The medication commercials are the funniest of all to me. Remember the Cialis commercial that didn't even tell you what Cialis does? Just implied that opera-going yuppies like it, so you should too?

    Or the ones that tell how overjoyed some healthy 20-year-old is to be able to go out and smell the pollen again (warning, side effects include heart failure, kidney dammage, talk to your doctor if you have high incidence of...)

    Commercials are jokes. Fantasy. Fun. And I do kind of like them for that. I envy those families on TV. But I know that TV is the only place they really exist.
    (((I love you, TV))) ;) winking, Shannon :D
  5. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    Mom4Three, I know exactly how you feel and no, you're not the only one on this board who is saddened.

    Many of us with chronic illness are completely or partially housebound, so TV becomes a window to the world. It's important to remember - as far as TV and commercials go - none of it is anywhere near real.

    People with no disabilities whatsoever ('normals' some people call them lol) feel just as bad when they measure themselves by the people on TV. It's not just that the TV people are jumping around or dancing or running, it's how good they look doing it.

    I've recently realized (du'h) I'm no longer the 'right age'. All the models on TV are not only pretty, petite and perfect (and decidedly able-bodied) but they're 20-30 years younger than me. Even though I never measured up to the TV people - at least I used to belong to the same target market - now I'm lucky to find age representation in oatmeal commercials.

    People-watching at the mall provides a more accurate sampling of people, but even there you see only the people who are healthy enough (and can afford) to be out shopping. The world is filled with shut-ins and people who just don't 'fit'.

    I know I've rambled beyond your initial question but the topic is of some interest to me.

    I believe it's perfectly natural for you to feel jealous and to grieve those aspects of life that are not longer available to you. Being bombarded by smiling happy people running and dancing on your TV screen every few minutes is bound to slow down the grief process.

    God bless,
    Anne Theresa
  6. mom4three

    mom4three New Member

    That I am not alone...

    Thank goodness..

    I get really jealous of the elderly people when they dance around.
    I am happy for them but sad that me at 30 cannot do what they do:(

    Sorry you all have to call me mom4three.. I keep forgetting to put my name.. Sorry..

  7. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    I watched a show on IFC on gospel singers and there were all these really happy people all jumping around all so alive and beaming and many were very old, all were on the large side, yet there they were sweating it up and having a ball. I was totally awed.

    I said to DH "Now I could not do that for 2mins and they are SINGING as well!" God bless them. Plus dad is heading for 90 next year and skis and plays tennis almost every day.

    Anne C
    [This Message was Edited on 03/24/2006]
  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    is that their product will CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

    It's a kitchen gadget, or some cleaning product, and they actually claim it will change your life.

    It takes a lot to change a life: moving might do it; getting married; going to college; getting sick or well; but not a can of orange cleaning gloop!
  9. mrstyedawg

    mrstyedawg Member

    I can watch a movie and see people just sitting up and talking to someone and I say "must be nice" so I know exactly what you mean
  10. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    Many amuse me.....but not all. Even if someone my age is out dancing or swimming, etc. I enjoy their enjoyment and I can remember that I did these things......once.

    Even if I can not now, I am lucky that I had experienced much before this..

    I can always find people worse off than myself. So I am thankful even though it is hard to live like this. I count my blessings....

    The one that angers me though (We must all have a few..LOL)....is the commercial shows a lady in a wheelchair.....she takes a couple of Aleeve (I think it is Aleeve) and then you see her next all dressed up and out dancing and having a great time. She is graceful and swings around on the floor......

    Do the ones doing these commericals think we are brain dead?
    That is an insult!
  11. kellyann

    kellyann New Member

    I get jealous of the people in the commercials too, and of all the normal people on t.v., but really I am very jealous of the "Wiggles" who are if you not familiar, a group of four australian men who sing and dance for children. I wish I had 1/10th of their energy, haha!
    Take Care!
  12. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    but I do hate the ones on pain where the person just pops an Advil (or whatever med they are advertising) and in the next second they are dancing with their husband or jogging around the neighborhood.

    I feel it makes pain look like no big deal. Just pop a pill and in a short time you will be back to your old self.


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