I remember last summer, I spent multiple days moaning and groaning about how bored I was, especially when my friends were busy or if I just wanted to spend the day by myself. However, lately I’ve noticed that I’ve been finding small ways to keep myself occupied and happy. When I’m sad or bored, there is a relatively foolproof recipe of things that will get me happy again. This includes but is not limited to: listening to my favorite music, writing poetry, taking pictures, eating good food, drinking a cup of tea, taking a walk, doing puzzles, reading a book, creating some type of art, coloring, watching the clouds, recording a song cover, playing the piano, dancing, shooting hoops, etc. The actions range of simple to more complicated, and that is what makes me so happy. They use different parts of my brain, some relaxing it and others exercising it. One activity I have been doing a lot of lately is puzzle making. The one I am working on now is a 500 piece of a chameleon. Goodness gracious it’s difficult! I’m working on a little bit a day because my brain actually starts to ache! I can’t wait to finish it though. I love the feeling of gratification.
Louis C.K. once said, “‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you are alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.'”
I love that so much. It’s something I definitely need to keep working on, but I’m seeing such a great improvement in the way I’m living my life already. Life is amazing and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it. Some other things I want to try eventually are yoga, cooking a new recipe, making origami, learning to rollerblade, picking up a new hobby, and learning how to do sudoku. I’ve found that setting small goals also helps keep me motivated. For example, I told myself that I want to read at least 20 books before summer ends. I love reading and having a goal inspires me to snuggle up outside on a lawn chair and dive into a different world.
That leads me to another point. GO OUTSIDE! Be outside as much as possible. During the summer months, you should avoid the indoors. They are the enemy. They will make you depressed. If you work inside, take your lunch break outside. There is SO much to do outside. Save most of the indoor-only activities for the winter unless they can be taken outside. For example, if you really like to paint, paint outside! You’ll get a really nice tan too!
What kinds of things do you like to do to kill of the boredom bug?