The Art of Boredom

Getting bored has become an underrated form of inspiration in our modern day and age. We are constantly being bombarded with content, things to do, things to look at, when in the end, most of it ends up wasting our time more than optimizing it.

With the rise of the internet and fast-processing smartphones, we have learned to avoid boredom like the devil. It is seen as a waste of time, a sign that you have nothing going on in your life, and are forced to do nothing but what- contemplate? Who even does that anymore?

The thing is, the rise of smartphones also brought us the downfall and disappearance of living purely in the moment, finding things to do, and taking the time to do them, rather than having everything handed out to you quickly and easily. We live in the age of “This ONE EFFORTLESS trick will get you EVERYTHING YOU WANT in life” when in reality, life doesn’t work that way.

We’re not encouraged to sit down and live the present moment. We’re encouraged to grab an electronic device and fill all of our time with “stuff”. To a certain degree, it doesn’t even matter what it is: videos, quick articles, browsing, endless scrolling through social media… Doesn’t matter, as long as it’s “stuff”.

Well I’m here to do one thing. Telling you to get bored. I’m serious.

Once you’re done with reading this article (or hell, do it even right now,) turn off your phone, turn off your laptop, sit down and get bored. If you absolutely need to, put a timer on your phone, but make sure your phone is completely out of reach for your set amount of time of getting bored.

What you’ll find is it’s really hard.

Just sit there. Observe what happens. At first, you’ll most likely think about, well, what you’re doing, as well as the imaginary repercussions it might have on your life. What could have happened if you hadn’t listened to that random person on the internet who thinks they know everything and decided to write a random article about boredom, to pass time.

You’ll notice your brain making more complicated scenarios, having random thoughts that will take your attention away from the fact that you’re not doing anything other than sitting down and thinking.

You might find it relaxing. You might not. The point is that you will be a little bit more engrained in the present moment.

Resist your urge to grab your phone. Resist your urge to turn on your laptop. Close your eyes if you need to. Listen to the wind outside. Feel the warmth of the sun rays traveling through your window. Realize that you’re in constant need for distractions. And maybe, only maybe will you find inspiration in the pure nature of the present moment.

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