I freely admit that I have an addiction. I’m addicted to NCIS. I love that show, and watch it as often as possible. Never mind that I’ve seen the reruns umpteen times, I still watch them. No program has ever held me this captive before, although As the World Turns came close. So I wondered what it is about these shows that keeps me coming back time and again.
I know that the writing is excellent on this show. Interesting stories with just enough clues and plot twists to keep me engaged. But it’s more than that. I love the characters and how they relate to each other. Relationships are important in life, and apparently in TV shows as well. Come to think of it, the books that I like to read over and over are ones in which the interactions of the characters are part of the central theme. Take my all time favorite book, Little Women. I have read that book countless times and never tire of it. The way the sisters interact with each other, their parents and the other characters is what makes the book such a good read.
And so it is, too, that when I think of the times in life when I have had the best time it is the relationships with others that stick out. A group of people, who have mutual respect for each other, and are willing to forgive each other’s mistakes and quirks is what being human is all about. Whether it’s family, friends, or coworkers, when everyone is mostly respectful of each other it just makes things pleasant.
Perhaps what I am really addicted to is the feeling that good relationships give me. Whether I am watching NCIS, reading, or participating in respectful relationships it makes me feel good. What a good addiction to have!