Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Do you get bored?

The other day I got to work really early and had an interesting conversation with a colleague. He said that the one thing he does not want to hear EVER EVER is "I'm bored". Never. He said:

"I don't recall ever being bored. NEVER EVER! There is just so much to do, how can you ever be bored? You're either struggling to live, or have the luxury to learn and explore. How can someone be bored?"

Have you ever been bored? How often? I can barely ever remember having enough time on my hands to get bored. At least not in the recent years. I've been tired, disgusted, discouraged, frustrated, but bored? It's really hard to recall any occasion where I was just sitting there not knowing what to do. I always have too much to do, so much I want to learn, so much I NEED to try before my time is up (and it could have been up already..!).

My colleague and I both agree that having no TV at home is the way to go. You get so much more time to do other stuff. How else will I find the time to work a full-time job and a startup and still find time to make music, read, write, have meaningful conversations with people around me, sleep, clean the house and keep a healthy diet?

DID YOU KNOW? In the 19th century, people bought music sheets so they could play them at home and the publishers only included the gramophone recording as a bonus so you know how it's supposed to sound! Nowadays, we pay for the recording and get the lyrics for free... How did we become such a passive society? Why do we accept complacency as a norm when there is so much we can do to make a difference not just in the world but in our own lives? What is the rationale behind paying Rogers/Bell/Canal Satellite to spoon-feed your brain for 20 hours a week while your brain and heart beg for more stimulating activities? It doesn't make sense and I don't think I can ever justify paying for cable/satellite TV.

As I wrote this blog, I realized that I HAVE been bored once before, and I never want to experience it again: after my surgery, when I was in hospital, or a little before I went back to work. I suppose it was not pure boredom, but also frustration at one's own physical inabilities and the need to feel alive again. But trust me, I'm never getting bored again.

So are you ever bored? If so, why? how? when?

1 comment:

  1. I guess for me, boredom is just a form of discouragement. I sit there not knowing what to do because anything I can think of doing seems too difficult or unsatisfying. I've thought about boredom before, philosophically, and it really seems that it is always a mask for some other problem; it doesn't really exist as a fundamental state of being.