Saturday, June 15, 2013

Twiddling Thumbs

"There's no such thing as boredom!"

I've always had it in my head that my mom said that often as I was growing up, but I am not so sure about the accuracy of the words. What I do know is that whenever I would find myself bored and listless as a kid, mom would always just point to the bookshelf.

We didn't have a TV. We only had one old clunky radio. But we had books. Lots of books.
Three decades later, I still find myself feeling listless now and then. Sometimes more often than usual. My book collection has grown, shrunk, and grown again. I have found many other activities to counteract boredom, which does pay me a visit sometimes.

Obviously, today, on a Saturday morning, I am not quite "not bored", and I find myself writing about it. When boredom/listlessness hits, what do you do?

Write
Writing has always served many purposes for me. It brings food on the table. It lets out all the pent up emotions. It helps me regain focus. It gives me an escape.

Read
Back to my default activity. Got nothing to do? Read your heart out. Read till you don't think about the closet of a room that you're stuck in. Read till you lose yourself in worlds far beyond anyone's dreams. Read till you feel that you're in the middle of an adventure that no one can take from you.

Listen to music
I feel like a teenager, suddenly. I used to lock myself up in my room with that sole radio we had, and listened to cassette tapes - a good number were self-made bootlegs. And you know what? The same music that was my companion back then still gives me good vibes today: U2, Metallica, Guns 'n Roses, and Bon Jovi. There are a few additions: Queen, Oasis, Sting, and Eric Clapton, who came a little later in life.

Work
I suppose this falls under "Write", but that activity I mentioned first was in reference to writing for personal purposes. I work a lot, perhaps sometimes more than I should, and it is a struggle to NOT (as much) during the weekend. It's something I have been trying to do (for many reasons), and as much as I want to spend hours getting some work done today, I think I'll give myself a little break.

I'm out!

Yup. I'm totally out of options today. For sure, there are at least 10 more things a person can do to combat boredom, but right now, I feel the world of Rand 'al Thor and the Aes Sedai calling to me. With Oasis blaring in the background.

What are your anti-boredom weapons?

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