Boredom is much maligned around these parts, but boredom is a useful emotion. (I certainly am not defending those who say, “I’m bored” and then wait for the universe to provide novelty – the sensation of boredom, however, is worth exploring).
Boredom, or the craving for novelty, is what starts people doing and learning new things. I, personally, am forever getting an itch to do something different or learn something new. And what has that got me, you ask?
One year I learned to bake bread, properly. And I baked so much bread I provided 75% of my family’s bread that year.
One year I decided to stop being afraid of pastry – and learned to make a mean pie.
One year I decided to try my hand at tailoring.
This year it was making corsets.
There was the year I did a proper double-dug garden – in heavy clay. (I was younger then, but yes – I really did, two feet deep and properly fluffed, every inch).
For me, boredom is the push that makes the difference between, “I’d like to learn about that someday” and “Today is a good day to start”. If I was perfectly content doing the same things over and over and over… I’d be the same person I was decades ago. And wouldn’t *that* be dreadful.
Some people find that travel satisfies that itch. They have to see what’s on the far side of the hill. And why not? We need explorers. We need people who like to bring back novelties to those at home.
Some people find that serious study satisfies the itch. They start learning about insects and never stop… sometimes those people make interesting discoveries. Until the last century or so, most scientists were rich and bored – or monks and bored. The room to work with, the room to explore… time to “waste” that becomes time not in the least wasted. The ability to try new things.
Boredom isn’t a bad thing, it isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s only bad when you don’t see it as a push to open new doors in life. There are always new things to do, new things to learn, new things to see, new things to experience, new things to contribute to the world around you.
It’s only a bad thing when you stop at, “I’m bored” and don’t go on to, “Well, now what?” No one else can satisfy that itch, you’re just going to have to get off the couch and do something.
Carpe diem! Let’s go find a rock to turn over, shall we? -grin-