“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.” ~Louis C.K.
This quote, that I found recently, struck me as an in-your-face truism. And I will be the first to say, I can get bored easily. Or at least I thought I was bored. Especially in winter when I am cooped up inside…ughh! Now what do I do….sit and look at the white landscape. Yes, the snow is pretty, but really I need something different after a while.
What I didn’t know then was, ‘I need something different’ was code for, ‘Routine is what is boring me’. The same old, same old…..white landscape, too cold (or so I thought) to go out…..nothing new happening, ‘cabin fever’ feeling was creeping in.
And when I thought about it, that feeling doesn’t just happen in winter. It actually happens in summer when it gets too hot to go out and do much. And I find myself cocooned inside with the air-conditioning. And then it struck me, how sad is that!
Did you ever notice that you will hear children saying, ‘I’m bored’ more easily than adults. I know I did especially in winter, and toward the end of summer vacation. Sounds familiar…..hmmmm!
I will even become bored with my garden….more bored by the look of it. The same tried and true bulbs bloom every spring in the same spots. The same bushes and trees leaf out. The same weeds take over as I lose steam at the end of May trying to combat them….they’re everywhere….my God, they don’t stop! At about that point, I give up and go inside just as the garden is heating up. I know it is a sacrilege to be bored in a garden….but it happens. What is causing this? And really how can I be bored with so much life to be lived?
So am I really bored? Or is that I need to shake it up a bit? Try something new. So I began exploring this a bit more toward the end of fall. I think that is why the word, Innovate, really resounded for me as a mantra for the new year.
Like any activity or habit, if we don’t stretch ourselves, we can become tired of the sameness that comes from repetition. Now some folks love the safety and security of repetition. My husband does…..(Shhh–secretly sometimes so do I, but don’t tell him that). He likes his comfortable routines, and when I need to shake up mine a bit, he unfortunately or fortunately has to come along with me many times…..with much kicking and moaning, I might add. But once we start, we both find we like the change.
So there it is…change…..it is change I am seeking. We fight it, we run from it, but inevitably it is what we seek…what we crave. I know I do. My brain craves new scenery, new scents, new experiences. Some changes in the garden help….new bulbs, new designs….trying a few new vegetables; tomatillos this year.
But my soul seeks change as well. It wants to explore, to contemplate life in new places, and meet new folks. Engage in stimulating conversation or just watch the sunrise or set from a different locale. To learn about myself more, and watch this woman grow.
So this is my year to Innovate….embrace change in my habits. We are walking almost daily even when the temps are in the teens and it is snowing….what a wonderful experience! We are planning some travel to see family…they are scattered around the country and we just don’t get to see them often enough…fingers crossed my health stays good for travel! And we are exploring our surrounds…..going to the beach on the coldest day of winter was breathtaking!
Of course these are only a beginning….as I move through my day, I wonder how I can stretch myself. Instead of reading 60 books this year, can I expand my normal repertoire or genre (mysteries and garden books)…I have added some spiritual books, memoirs and non-fiction to the list and love the intellectual stimulation.
So I am really bored? Or maybe I just need a little shift. A few more layers to endure the sharp bite of the wind, as I go out even on the coldest, snowiest day to find a warm, cozy world. It seems just a gentle push up and over the hump or edge of that rut, I have worn into my path, is just enough to set me off onto a new adventure…..
Do you ever feel stuck in a rut or bored? What have you found that helps lift you out and over that hump?
Special Note: The pictures here are recent winter scenes, photographed through my windows.
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