When was the last time you were bored? If you’re like most people, the answer is: “I can’t remember.” Why? Because each time there’s an awkward silence or a moment of inactivity, the average person pulls out their phone and starts scrolling. What about when they’re at home? They watch TV or play video games. When they’re driving? They listen to music.
Are you starting to notice a pattern?
As strange as it sounds, most people haven’t been bored in months—if not years. They occupy every moment of their lives with useless things just to avoid feeling the dreaded boredom modern society has taught us is to be avoided at all costs. Sure, it sells more toys and gadgets, but what sort of impact is it having on our spirits? That’s what I wanted to find out with this challenge.
I like to think I’m more aware of how I spend my time than the average person, but I still get stuck in the trap of thinking I’m unproductive if I’m not occupying every moment of my day. I rarely scroll social media or waste hours on YouTube, but I do consume TONS of podcasts, audiobooks, and other personal development material. So much so, in fact, that I haven’t taken the time to just sit around and do nothing for… well, it’s been so long I don’t actually recall when I last did it. So, I set aside two hours each day to be bored.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I got so bored I quit midway through the first session. It’s just that, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t manage to feel bored. I spent most of my ten hours of “boredom” sitting on the balcony, yet I always found something interesting to look at or think of. I watched birds and squirrels frolic and clouds drift. I thought about my life and my goals. I let my mind go blank and just sat there, staring into space. But, no matter how hard I tried, I simply couldn’t manage to experience boredom.
I’m not sure why I’m immune to boredom—my current theory is that it’s a result of the personal development journey I began a few years ago—but I now know that, no matter what happens, I will always find a way to entertain myself. But, even more amazing than that is the revelation that I enjoy doing nothing. It’s more relaxing than watching TV, more conducive to creativity than meditation, and way cheaper than going out with friends. In other words, it’s the perfect way to relax and recentre yourself.
I’m not sure what I will do with this newfound information, but I’m looking forward to finding out.