Boredom: What It Really Means And What To Do About It

You don’t enjoy life like you did when you were a kid. The things you used to for fun, aren’t fun anymore. And when you think of new hobbies to try, you find reasons that you don’t have time for them.

So you conclude that your life is boring. And now you’re looking for a solution to this endless loop where you feel like your life is boring and has no meaning.

But what if boredom is an excuse? May the reason you can’t enjoy activities is not that they’re boring, but because you’re anxious.

You’re anxious that you’re not meant to do what you’re doing with your life. You fear that it’s too late for you to do anything big or different. You’re afraid to listen to your heart.

So you silence the voices coming from your heart by using distractions as an escape from facing your fears. These distractions may act like a drug that relieves the symptoms, but they don’t cure the root cause of pain.

What Is Boredom?

Boredom is fear in disguise. It may show itself in the form of laziness, procrastination, ignorance or cowardliness.

When you avoid asking big questions to yourself and choose to over engage in the drama of everyday life, it means you’re avoiding the bigger goals that demand courage and action. Your heart keeps poking you to listen to it, but you always find busyness or boredom as an excuse.

So what do you do? You can’t just drop all your responsibilities and obligations, right? What if you hurt yourself? What if you miss out on that TV series, email, social media updates, event, and all the other important stuff happening around you?

But if you do? What if you stop watching that TV series or limit its consumption? What if you unsubscribe from most email newsletters and limit its usage? What if you delete your social media account or limit its usage too? What if you say no to that event? What if? 

No, it won’t destroy your life. Instead, it will create space for boredom in your life. Boredom can be a sign when it’s unintentional. And boredom can be a boon when it’s intentional.

Let’s Get Bored

When you create space for boredom, you may feel anxious that you’re missing out on all the things that you said no to. It requires discipline to make space for boredom. But once you do that, the magic happens.

You feel calm, centered, connected, creative and courageous. You start answering big questions that your heart has been wanting to ask you for so long. Studies and experts have proven that your creativity and problem-solving abilities skyrocket because of boredom. And after all that, you welcome a new change in your life because you can’t escape anymore.

When you have no external source of distraction to numb yourself, you gather the courage to think about the rest of your life and how you can make the most of out it. You ask yourself how you can create more meaning and fulfillment in life.

That’s when you start a new epic journey. A new transformation, a passion project or even a new career. The new space is yours to fill.

Beautiful things emerge out of boredom. You wouldn’t be reading this if it weren’t for the boredom I created in my life.

So make a promise to yourself to create space for boredom and listen to it when it knocks on your door. And when it does, open up the door to possibilities. That’s the best you deserve.

Prakhar Verma

Prakhar is the creator of Design Epic Life. His mission is to help ambitious people design their epic lives so more people can truly live before they die. Sign up to the DesignEpicLife newsletter to stay up to date!
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