Boredom is a Luxury

Various inks on Toned Watercolor Paper – Words: Dorothy Parker

We had teenagers visiting during Thanksgiving, one of which got bored. Do you remember what it was like to be bored at family gatherings as a teenager? I do. I felt a little bad then realized they had many choices most of which would engage their curiosity. I was reminded that boredom is a choice whether we want to admit it or not.

Some days I am bored doing things I usually do. I find them mundane and trite. Then someone reminds me (usually a good friend of my hubby) that the small things matter. What we find boring goes noticed especially when it is not done. Sad that we do not think about the value of things until they are gone. Sad that we take being bored for granted.

Boredom is a luxury. I remember the days of working multiple jobs in order to make ends meet, which left no time for boredom or feeling sorry for myself. Being bored means there are things to do that do not have to be done right now, which screams luxury! It may not feel that way at the time, but it is a great blessing to be bored. And it is a bigger blessing to get ourselves “unbored” by engaging our curiosity. Once that is sparked nothing seems to be boring anymore.

Later this month I am going to ignite my own curiosity with a new challenge. I think it is time to shake myself up a little bit. It will include video footage of me creating art for this blog…hhhmmm! That could be cool! I am going to jump right over boredom into the world of “What’s Next” and you get to see it all happen. So stay tuned, stay curious and avoid being bored!

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