"A closed mind is like a closed book - just a block of wood! "
- Chinese Proverb
Do you ever catch yourself saying, either to yourself or others, "I'm bored!"? Have you ever slumped about the house, in search of something to catch your interest, or called friends bugging them to entertain you? If you answered "never!" then good for you, you don't need to read this! If, however, you're like the other 99% of the population, I'd like to ask you some questions: Do you really understand how airplanes fly? Can you make chocolate mousse? Have you read the complete works of Shakespeare or Dr. Seuss? Perhaps none of these things interest you, but think of something that does. If you've always been fascinated by insects, consider whether you've fully explored the subject. If you take a moment to think of the vast amount of information and knowledge, plus the variety of experiences, just waiting at your fingertips, you will realize being bored is just ridiculous. Never, even in a thousand lifetimes, could you possible discover all there is to learn about the world and how it works.
Your boredom is most likely a reflection of the fact that you haven't found the things that spark your interest, or haven't taken the time to pursue them. Think back to when you were a kid, what you did and thought about it. Let's say, for example, you're drawn to the Egyptian era. Why not pursue it by reading books, visiting museums, even joining or starting a club for enthusiasts? It doesn't have to become your career (although it just might), but you will certainly not be bored. So grab a pen and paper and make a list of all the things, silly and serious, that interest you. (Include everything, even if it's pickles!) Now keep this list handy, and next time you feel that bored feeling coming on, whip it out and learn or try something new. The more you explore the word we live in, the more you will stimulate your own sense of curiosity. And, as an added bonus, you will be a more interesting person to talk to!
by T.L. Scribe