The past week has been a bit rough for me. I have the body of a 70 year old apparently....I threw out my back via a cough.
When it first happened, I was 30 minutes away from heading out to work. These days I've been bartending on the Detroit Princess on weekends. This particular weekend was rumored to be a BIG one, a frat party that reserves the entire boat, a.k.a. a huge money maker. The ill-fated cough pulled or spasmed a muscle so badly that I cried a little with every other step. Needless to say, I was pretty down and out. Obsessing over my shitty body and the potential loss of money put me there swiftly.
Two days slipped through my perception as I stayed in a continuously drugged state to deal with the pain. My co-workers visited me and told me that the big party ended up flopping, so my slight depression was alleviated and I could fully focus on recovering. I'm a very active person, and not being able to move definitely hindered that. But I was beginning to grow stir crazy. How do I, a person who could hardly walk, continue to get shit done? I almost grew bored.
And as if it were a cued up flashback, I remembered something a great love once told me. A while back it dawned on me that I never actually heard him use the word "bored." Which led me to ask him:
"Hun, I don't think I've heard you say that you're 'bored'.....are you ever?"
He responded "No, a person shouldn't ever be bored. There's always something you could be doing. I deleted that sh*t out of my vocabulary."
The definition of "bored" is: feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one's current activity.
There's ALWAYS something you COULD be doing.
Most of us have a backlog of interests or tasks that just kind of pile up, usually because we allow ourselves to be preoccupied or distracted by something else. For me, I'm always out trying to do the physical. To go to work, work out, practice dancing, to GO out and DO. And yet that was still distracting me from all my sit down tasks. Blogs I needed to publish *ahem* , games I wanted to play, concepts I should study, etc.
As I write, I'm not 100% healed up. Still have limited range of motion. My body is down, but this is the perfect time to get back to all of that! What I'm saying to YOU is that well, I like that philosophy. "Bored" shouldn't really ever be a thing for us because we can control our current activities. Now doing a boring, tedious task at work is one thing, but if you're sitting in the comfort of your home with free time saying that you're "bored," well then that's kind of your fault.
Think about things you love! Consider activities you've always wanted to try or give attention to some needed maintenance. Whether you're busy, productive, relaxing, or just screwing around, anything with any purpose is better than being bored, because that is a REAL waste of time.