Embrace Your Boredom

As I’m sure everyone has experienced, this past year has had it’s many ups and downs. I’ve constantly found myself bored out of my mind, especially when quarantine first began, and it is something that I and all of us will have to deal with our whole lives. Getting bored is completely natural. We look for things in our lives to excite us, challenge us, and make the time pass quicker, but as always with any high, there is a low that will come. When that fun activity is over you will find yourself getting bored. It’s similar to how after exercising, you get tired from all your exertion. In a New York Times article titled “Harnessing Boredom in the Age of Coronavirus,” Elan Cohen discusses boredom and that we should embrace it rather than avoid it. He talks about how we like to avoid boredom at all costs, but that sometimes the best things in life can come out of boredom. While I read the article it made me think that some of my best ideas have come to me while I was bored and that I’ve had amazing experiences all stemming from boredom. When I let my own mind wander and have the ideas flow, it leads to me no longer being bored, but entertaining my own mind such as how Cohen suggests we can take control of the best parts of our brain including our creativity, memories, thoughts, etc, when we let ourselves get bored. I think that from here on out I will work on helping myself get bored rather than running from place to place in my mind to keep it occupied. If we all let ourselves embrace the boredom from time to time, not only will it allow our brains a chance to relax and rest, but we will find beauty in things we had never experienced before.

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