Why no one should ever suffer from boredom

Combat boredom

First of all, read two blog entries I have written about being bored. If these don’t inspire you, I’ve also listed a bunch of things I’d find to do if I were ever bored…

Why no one should ever suffer from boredom, pt1

Saturday, 9th April, 2011 06:58 BST

So we’re over a quarter of the way through 2011 already. How fast time flies – it seems ever more apparent to me that life is short. And yet how much of it we waste on the unimportant stuff, like watching mindless TV or spending too much time on Facebook.

Yet, there is so much to experience and learn about, to see and hear and do. I don’t think I could ever fit it all in, in my lifetime.

That’s why I hate it when folks say they are bored. I wish I had time to get bored; because even if I didn’t have a full-time job, or a house to look after, or a family (well, pets) to feed, I don’t think I’d ever get bored.

If I had all the time in the world, I’d do everything. I’d learn about different cultures and languages, I’d read about historical events and educate myself about how the world works. I’d devour hundreds of books and catch all the old movies. I’d travel all over the UK, and then all over Europe – and then the rest of the world.

I’d paint and knit, go out for walks, swim more often, spend more time with family and friends. I’d take more photos, learn a musical instrument, cook a different recipe each night, and write all the novels I’ve had in my head since I can remember. I’d never run out of things to do.

So, if you are thinking to yourself “I am bored” – DON’T! Please… just remember all there is to do and see, experience and learn about and don’t waste your life any more! Seize it! Make it interesting.

You are in control of your destiny and many who are no longer with us would give anything for the time you have on your hands right now.

Now, go and live your life… before it’s too late!

Why no one should ever suffer from boredom, part 2

Saturday, 10 March, 2012 08:43 GMT

I heard something on the radio the other day: people who get bored are boring. At first, this seemed a pretty mean statement, but really, if you think about it, it’s true.

Referring back to my blog of 9 April 2011 (above), I still can’t understand how anyone could get bored. There are so many things to do, learn, and experience that I don’t think I’ll ever find enough time for them all.

But sometimes we can all get caught up in the same mundane tasks like house keeping and admin and so on, and we forget to make time to do something different and fun. So last year I set myself a goal to do two fun things every month. Here is a list of some of those things. I hope it might inspire someone bored, someday. I:

  • Was in the TV audience for several TV shows including Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats (free evenings with a lot of laughs).
  • Saw Grease and Madam Butterfly at the theatre.
  • Went to the zoo.
  • Went to London twice; just to see the sights.
  • Planned two holidays, both costing little money but in amazing places. Can’t afford it? Spend your money on the things that matter (I’d personally rather travel than get more stuff).
  • Went to see some Formula 3 racing, and later on, for a tour of Silverstone.
  • Met up with several friends I hadn’t seen for years.
  • Went walking in the Peak District and other lovely places; we live in a beautiful country – explore it!
  • Saw several comedians live. All of them very funny… great nights out.

Here are some things I’d like to have done, if I’d had the time: watch a bunch of old movies, start knitting, learn a language, learn an instrument, cook new recipes, travel more, go to the beach, gone swimming more, cycled more, read more, learnt more about the world and people, cultures and wildlife.

So, to summarise, if boredom strikes you a lot, stop being boring and do something: learn, play, have fun! Like I said last time, there are thousands of people who are seriously ill or dying, who’d love to have the time you have right now. Go and live.

Ideas to combat boredom

Here is a list of things I would do, if I ever had the time to get bored. With the internet providing endless information and resources, many of these wouldn’t cost you a thing:

  • Write that story that’s been in your head forever.
  • Do something nice for someone you care about; perhaps just visiting them with a bunch of flowers would make their day?
  • Learn a new language.
  • Learn how to play an instrument.
  • Learn about: the weather, wildlife, animals, trees, birds, history, science, geography.
  • Find out about the places you’ve always wanted to visit and think of ways to get there.
  • Go out walking – locally and anywhere within an hour’s reach.
  • Learn to knit.
  • Watch old movies: Casablanca, Gone with the Wind … and hundreds more.
  • Read all those books you’ve heard of but never got around to reading. Re-read all your favourite books, and find a pile of books you’ve never heard of but sound interesting.
  • Go swimming. Often.
  • Cycle. Often.
  • Call or email all those great friends you’ve lost touch with and organise to meet up. Do the same with your relatives.
  • Exercise more; yoga in particular interests me.
  • Paint.
  • Think about what you used to love doing, but somehow forgot about.
  • Grow something; flowers, fruit, vegetables, trees. Whatever you like.
  • Adopt something; fish, a cat, a dog, a rabbit. Whatever you like.
  • Take more photos.
  • Dance and sing.
  • Cook a new recipe.
  • Look for shows, plays, music gigs, comedy nights that you might enjoy.
  • Get free tickets to be in a TV audience.
  • Go to London, Edinburgh, Bath or some such and take in the tourist attractions. How often do we ignore what is right on our doorsteps?
  • Start a blog and tell the world (or just one solitary reader, but who cares?) what you think. Vent and rave and express opinion and just try writing.
  • First of all though, I’d read these books …    😉

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