Did you know that there are three types of boredom? They are: being prevented from engaging in some wanted activity, being forced to engage in some unwanted activity, and being unable to engage in any activity. They fit in well with the world of work and school; locations with the highest incidences of boredom… that is why the souvenir seller is disengaged. She dislikes her work and should probably resign… Why do people stay in jobs that bore them? Today, I was thinking about what to blog about and MamaKat offered me this prompt. I jumped on it because I was curious about the subject matter and how others would relate to the topic.
Sure, there was a time in my life, in my younger years, when like everyone else, I complained about being bored. Anyone with teens would relate. However, interestingly, I don’t get bored anymore; just too many things in life to do. I’m not sure when or how it all changed, but over time, I have found that boredom is not part of my vocabulary… Perhaps it is because I know my interests well and gravitate towards things that hold my attention. What about you?
What I suspect is that as we mature, we find enough things in our lives to keep us busy… and if not, then we have not explored enough new interests or spent enough time helping others find fulfillment. When my twins were little, we heard that word at home and I remember saying to them, “If you are bored, you are not looking for creative ways to play…” Thinking about the subject today, I realized that not only do they no longer use that word, but that I haven’t used it myself in ages. I think if we maintain a level of curiosity about our world, if we offered our skills to benefit others, we would not be bored. Curiosity is definitely a trait worth adopting; a counterpoint to boredom…
Does boredom dissipate with age? Now that is interesting because I know that on any given day, I have enough things to do that I couldn’t possibly reach for the “Bored” word… There are so many ways to stay entertained and they don’t have to cost money. I suspect that using the word ‘bored’ can be habit forming, so that a person might not necessarily be bored but use the word as a way to seek attention. There are so many things we could do to stave off boredom that there’s no reason to even feign boredom… unless we are in the company of boring people… but that is another story. We can read, write, sing, dance, cook, walk, sleep and chat with friends… So why claim boredom? What would you do?
“Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.” R. I. Fitzhenry
Currently, I have a huge pile of books to read, and I keep several on my bedside table… Even taking a walk, listening to music or entertaining friends and family can keep boredom at bay. I hope you’ll share your insights with me and offer some tips on what you do… I’d love to hear about it. What are your thoughts? Do you get bored? What bores you? Would you take a job that bores you? Have you found a counterpoint for your boredom? Do share! Thank you. 🙂
This post was inspired by a prompt from MamaKat’s Writer’s Workshop: How do you stave off boredom?
Positive Motivation Tip: Bored is a state of mind… give your talent and your time to others and boredom will seek a new home.
- “Bored? Then You Just Heard From God…” (risinghawk.wordpress.com)
- Dare to be bored (nowwearesixty.wordpress.com)
- boredom is the root of all evil (oftasteanddiscernment.wordpress.com)
- A Little Boredom is a Terrible Thing to Waste (4mothers1blog.wordpress.com)
- The Sinful Tragedy of Boredom (justificationbygrace.com)
- An Evitable Human Characteristic (anavazquez17.wordpress.com)