Doing Boring Things Makes You Interesting

\"ChildDoing boring things makes you interesting. As you can imagine my first reaction to this statement was ‘huh’ and to dismiss it. But then I thought, can boredom actually bring out the best in people?

So I began to pay attention to my three year old nephew. Times when he is not watching TV or playing with his toys he is actually really good company as he develops self-reliant activities that is quite interesting for me to watch and observe. He uses his imagination to build houses and forts out of pillows, he role plays and makes very interesting drawings of monsters and dragons who each have captivating stories behind them. It is important for children to have some unstructured free time- it gives them the opportunity to explore their inner and outer worlds, which is the starting point for imagination, invention and creation.

I also took a look at my thirteen year old cousin over this summer. Days when we had no electricity at home, how he engaged himself really baffled me. To name a few of his creations, he built a miniature park using cardboard, newspapers and toilet rolls and he took up the hobby of baking, his tiramisu was spectacular.

But it’s not just children, most grownups also yearn for stimulation- from other people, from TV or computer screens and afcorse social media. But when you take yourself away from such stimulation and engagement and bore yourself all on your own, you top up your inner resources during which you become quite interesting company for others and consequently enjoy a more interesting life filled with various hobbies and skill sets.

Thus regardless of age, being a bit bored and having some unstructured time allows us to explore our passion and respond to the stirrings of our hearts and minds. This is what makes life meaningful and interesting.  I believe it is possible for boredom to deliver us to our best selves, the ones that are not afraid of risk, who cultivate their imagination and fully utilize all their resources. So if we sit still long enough, we may hear the call of boredom, and to this we must all answer.