Advertising and Your Self-Esteem: The Ad-Free Experiment - Page 2
Now, I may be biting off my own foot by suggesting this, as I make a good part of my living providing voice-overs for commercials. But – seeing the business from the inside has also opened my eyes to the tricks of the trade. You have a problem (short eyelashes, fees at the ATM, wrinkles, dull floors). We can fix it. And make you happy.
So, for one week, I strove to live ad-free. I was surprised to find I actually had to keep my eyes on the road while driving, to avoid billboards. On the streets of NYC, I had to look at faces instead of T-shirt logos, found myself less tempted to walk into stores without reading the “Sale!!!!” signs in the window. And a funny thing happened. I began to feel, somehow, purer. More connected to simpler things: trees, people, the sky, my own thoughts. And over the course of the week I strengthened the feeling that what I owned, what I looked like, where I was in life was pretty darn good the way it is.
Just for a day, see how it feels. See how you feel. You just might find you are pretty darn good yourself. At least for today.