Sylvia Plath once said, “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And what do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited”. That is exactly why there could be no such thing as “boredom”.
There is always something to be done and always a way to be creative with time. A highly common misperception is what ‘being bored’ translates to. Being bored doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do. It means that we lack the energy, effort or motivation to do anything. Being bored is being blind to all the opportunities around us.
When we say we’re bored, what we really mean to say is that we’re tired. Emotionally, mentally and physically tired and can’t find the will to utilize our time. But if we weren’t, we would think outside the box. We would think of ways to defeat that boredom. There are so many people you have yet to meet and books you have yet to read. Many ideas are waiting to be thought of, oceans to be crossed, skills to be learned, boundaries to be broken, new limits to be set and love to be spread.
By nature, human beings are limited by space and time. Even if we aspire to accomplish every wish and do everything we’ve dreamt of doing, our limitations won’t allow us. We are all hungry for adventure but life gets in the way more times than we’d like. We engage ourselves in action without intention, relationships without passion, interactions without meaning and in work we don’t enjoy. So, it comes as no surprise that we are walking through life semi-conscious at best. We rarely feel truly and genuinely aware and alive.
To beat boredom once and for all, we must learn to be conscious. We should stop following orders without letting it sink in first. We need to be attentive as to why we are doing what we’re doing. We need to intend our actions so we can feel that there’s a point to what we’re doing. We need to learn to work better!
You can never be bored. Except…..maybe, if you’re stuck in Cairo traffic!