We’ve all said it. We’ve all felt it. We’ve all complained about it.
At work the other day, a child looked at me with big puppy dog eyes and whined, “I’m so bored. There’s nothing for me to do!” to which my co-worker replied, “Only boring people get bored.”
How incredibly true is that?
If you’re a boring person, you’ll have no choice but to feel bored. Plain and simple. When thinking about this concept, I applied it to my own life and realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I felt “bored”. I choose to fill my free time with hobbies (Toastmasters, blogging, writing a book, reading, spending quality time with loved ones, etc) or I choose to use my down time to relax (taking a nap, meditating, visualizing/dreaming, taking a dip in the jacuzzi.) I’m not a boring person, therefore I don’t get bored. I find things to do with my downtime, instead of complaining about having it.
If you find yourself whining, “I’m bored” all too often, make an effort to find something productive to do with your free time (organize your room, fold the laundry, check off items on your to-do list, write a letter, read a book, take a bubble bath, etc). Or if you’d rather lay around and do nothing at all (which is completley fine!), appreciate that you have time all to yourself to chill and relax. Do you know how many people probably wish they had time to be “bored”, but are instead raising children, fighting for our country, or working to provide for their family?
If you find yourself to be a good friend of boredom, it may be time for you to take on a new hobby in life. Take a class at the local community college, scrapbook, volunteer, get involved with an organization (ask me about Toastmasters!), or hit the gym for a solid workout. Find something worthwhile to do with your free time that adds meaning, fulfillment, and a little extra happiness to your life.
Your life is what you make of it. You can choose to live a boring life, or you can choose to live a fulfilling and exciting life. The nex time you say “I’m bored”, know that what you’re actually saying is, “I’m boring.”
Happy without boredom,