I dislike watching TV with friends and family because I feel sad inside while everyone else is enjoying what they’re seeing and hearing. While we’re watching TV, I pretend that I enjoy what I hear and see. I’ve done this for many years, but I’m tired of feeling this way. I no longer want to feel sad and pretend to hear what I can’t hear.
I watch TV alone when nobody is home because I can add the subtitles and raise the volume without any interruption. Everyone in my family hates to watch TV with subtitles so I decided to stop watching TV with them including friends. I wish people would know that I feel afraid and uncomfortable to ask them if I may add the subtitles. I no longer ask if it’s okay to add subtitles because everyone complains. Imagine what I feel while everyone else is laughing, smiling, and sharing about what they just watched. Now a day, I rarely watch TV. Let’s just say, I follow the news online and wait for new episodes to appear on Netflix with subtitles included.