Boredom

She talks so much, more and more
About these things so useless
Her chalk is rough while on the board
How much longer can she do this
I stare outside and see the swings
They call for me inviting
I want to climb between the rings
The horse begs me to ride him
This sheet in front confuses so
It looks like gibberish
It seems to only prove I know
A tiny little bit
She stands behind, her pencil worn
And draws a swing through the equation
She flips one to other, born
Into a new location
The paper asks to take my pick
I can hardly seem to stay down
In a sudden flash it all just clicks
Now this is my new playground

 

If you open your eyes, everything is interesting.

If you are lucky enough, you have found a passion of which you revel in the details. You enjoy voluntarily learning new things concerning that passion. When you come across something that doesn’t fit its scope, though, you may shrug it off as a waste of time.  Even if what you are experiencing doesn’t fascinate you on its own, know that some lesson from it can be derived that connects back to what does interest you. Absorbing something in the context of applying it to what you already know will give it a new dimension. You may even see what you already know in a different light, or through someone else’s viewpoint. There is always something to learn.

Every experience is meaningful. Each one further enlightens what you know about yourself. Good experiences show you what you want to strive for. Bad experiences show you what you don’t want to become. Exciting experiences show you what gets your heart pumping. Boring experiences show you what requires more patience. In the quest to understand who you truly are, ignoring what is in front of you, no matter how boring it may be, is a terrible mistake. If you approach each situation as an opportunity to master what is most important to you, no encounter will be taken for granted.

Boredom can lead to desertion because you are giving up on the creator of the experience. If you attempt to see it through to the end, you may come across something you didn’t expect. You may even be able to give constructive feedback that can improve the experience in the future. If you enter a situation with the understanding that there is always someone behind it, you can change the focus to giving that individual a full and honest chance to prove themselves. Imagine how much more useful both of your experiences will be, the creator receiving positive reinforcement, the audience paying close attention to provide such reinforcement.

A natural inclination is to be attracted to the famous, the powerful, the rich. They all overtly have something that is interesting to many, and that in itself interests you. It is tangible, it is right in your face, it cannot be ignored. However, narrowly focusing on these novelties desensitizes you to the rest of the interesting things in this world. Indeed, the stories behind notoriety are often less interesting than the struggles people go through every day. It is important to dig for the meaningful truth buried behind the glamour.

To be fair, these are all difficult things to do. It is much easier, and more natural, to simply abandon an experience that doesn’t interest you, or is not suiting your taste. But understand that such an act is taking away from your own discovery of the world, and of yourself.

 

Situational Questions

  • When someone explains to you what their passion is, are you engaged? Can you think of questions to delve deeper into what means something to them? Can you derive a lesson from what they’re saying and apply it to your own life? Or are you nodding along hoping it will end soon?
  • Do you choose to not approach difficult topics because you feel they may be out of your league? Have you had someone else explain them at a high level to you? Have you tried starting out by understanding their building blocks?
  • Have you had trouble figuring out what really interests you, what you want to pursue? Do you focus on the ends more than the means of getting there? When trying your hand at something new, do you ask yourself whether you would still do it even if you weren’t compensated for it?

 

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