Have you ever been stuck somewhere with nothing to do? Has it ever crossed your mind that dying of boredom might actually be possible?
Last weekend, it snowed in my city. By Saturday afternoon, fifteen inches of powdery white fluff glazed our property, and I was forced to remain indoors.
Believe me… I know boredom.
When boredom consumes me, I sometimes fall into limbo. I try to think of things I enjoy, but the boredom sucks the creativity from my mind, leaving me helpless.
Here’s some surprising advice that has helped me a lot: don’t fight it, because boredom is good.
“WWWWWHHHHHAAATTTT?!?!?!?! NO, LOGAN! DON’T SAY THAT!”
“Hmmm… Let me say it again. BOREDOM IS GOOD!”
Let’s face it, Lingering Lamb subscribers! Although frustrating at times, boredom can be a tremendous blessing. How would I have developed a love for writing? Or learned to play Magic: The Gathering? Or get the idea to start a video game club? Or even decide to author this blog had in not been for boredom?
When boredom is accompanied by diligent thinking (and a pinch of motivation), it turns into an opportunity to learn something new. And believe me… I have tried MANY new things, and a lot of these things have turned into lasting hobbies.
You obviously know that I love to read, write, and play video games (that much is obvious).
…But did you know that I’m a drummer?
…Did you know that my high school basketball team won the East Coast Championship my junior year?
…Or the fact that my partner and I were ranked second in the USA for beach volleyball?
…Did you know that I can solve a rubix cube in 28 seconds?
Throughout my life, boredom has given me opportunities to experience new things and to meet new people.
So my advice to you is this: Never take a moment of boredom for granted. And when you’re bored, force yourself to do something you don’t like. It may end up being one of the best things you ever do.
So what do you guys think? What are some advantages or disadvantages of boredom? I encourage comments.