Are you bored? Is this you?
I used to get bored often and do you know what that means?
It means I didn’t have enough of the right things going on in my life and had too much of the wrong things going on.
Now, don’t get mad. As Optimus Prime would say, “Calm down, calm down.” This is solely my opinion, but if you often find yourself saying, “I’m so bored,” then Houston, you have a problem.
I’m currently forty and have been working since I was fifteen-years-old. To fill my time and to make extra money, I often worked a second job. We’ve never really wanted children, so there weren’t any little minions around to keep us hoppin’. While we love kids, it never seemed right to have any. We still haven’t grown up ourselves, so trying to force someone else to do so just isn’t in us. Our pets are our babies. Go ahead. Roll your eyes. I don’t care, lol. They are.
I would get a hobby here and there that would keep me semi-busy until boredom set in again, then it would be days of Netflix couch surfing. For a couple of years, I was my friend’s co-leader for a Girl Scout troop. That was fun and interesting… for awhile. But now I prefer time with my bestie without twenty additional little girls. Later it was couponing. I got pretty close to master status, but not nearly good enough to ever qualify for the Extreme Couponing TV show. I didn’t have to buy toothpaste, razors, or shampoo for years! Literally. I haven’t couponed at all for over a year now and I still have a closet full of supplies. Ahem. Moving on…
I can talk about couponing forever even though I’m no longer partaking. There were good things about my busyness. Quality time with family and friends, making extra money (which I can always use), and having some fun. But at the end of the day, I was still working a standard day job (still am for now, but not forever) and pretty dissatisfied and unfulfilled. I wasn’t living up to my potential nor was I using the gifts God had given me to their fullest.
Now that I’ve written and published my first book, I know where I’m headed, I know what I want to do, and I have a game plan. I’m never bored because there is always something to do to further myself, to work toward my goals, and to show God that I believe good will come out of it. Actually, ‘good’ has already poured out of publishing in a plethora of ways, but I know more is yet to come. Nowadays, if you find me on my couch doing absolutely nothing, it’s because I chose it. Not because I’m bored, but because I said, “I need a break and I’m taking it.” I love being guiltlessly lazy. Purpose-driven is now my lifestyle.
I’m really glad this section of my website is labeled ‘rambling’ because that is exactly what this post is in the truest form. My point? Don’t succumb to boredom. We all have diverse talents and purpose. Don’t let your time whittle away in emptiness. God didn’t put us here to be humdrum. Life is crazy, not boring.
If you’re not sure what ‘It’ is that would make you happy, then just start trying things out. Maybe it’ll take a little while to find your passion, but at least you’ll be figuring out what doesn’t work for you in the meantime. Like animals? Volunteer at zoos and shelters. Good with kids? They’re everywhere. I mean everywhere! You can volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, my neighbor is thinking about doing that. This blog is the result of our conversation yesterday. But you get my point. There are a million ways to fill your free time in a productive manner that will benefit you. Go forth and live boredom-less!
I know that was cheesy, but it’s all good. I won’t say, ‘in the hood.’ I need to stop now. I’ll likely read this again tomorrow and delete the entire thing.
Lots of love to you, Peeps. If you’ve never read my debut novel, I encourage you try it out. Do not judge it by this blog! 😀 It’s appropriate for any gender and any age above twelve. It costs less than a Caramel Macchiato at Starbucks and will stay with you much longer.
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