One man’s boredom is another man’s pleasure.
What I think boredom is can be summed up thus — If you’re bored then you’re not really paying attention.
The more open my mind becomes, the less susceptible I am to boredom. Life is endlessly fascinating and it’s just getting more so. Everything feels like it’s speeding up and getting more extreme. What’s there to be bored with?
Consciously or not, you make a choice about everything. You can choose to enjoy something that is happening or you can choose to be bored by it. The thing in question has no inherent reactionary impact on you whatsoever, except to the extent that you allow it to.
Boredom can be a way to avoid having to deal with an emotional reaction you’re having to what’s going on. Or it can be a way to feel above it all. It’s not a right or wrong thing, but if you find yourself bored more often than not, what’s that say about you?
What about the things that make you angry? Or the things that make you sad? If you really can pick and choose how things impact you emotionally, would you keep choosing those knee-jerk emotions to the situations in which they normally arise?
I get pissed off the moment I hit some traffic. Not because I might be late or I can’t get where I’m going, but just because it’s there. It’s even worse when I can’t find the source of the traffic beyond just too many fucking cars on the road all at the same time. There has to be a reason why?!?!
It does take some effort to re-wire your automatic responses. We live on auto-pilot for so much of our lives and we don’t even realize it. Probably why people can actually fall prey to boredom in a time of so much to do. You’re bored because you aren’t even present to your surroundings.
I have days where I’m flipping through the channels on TV and can’t find one thing that interests me. That really is my own fucking fault. I could choose to be interested in America Ninja Warrior or Days of Our Lives if I really chose to be. But then again, would I really want to? Computer says no.
“I once thought I had mono for an entire year. It turned out I was just really bored.” –Wayne Campbell