What is your first thought when you see someone write on facebook, twitter or any other social media – “I’m SO BORED”?
Do you think it’s funny? You’re one of those that can identify with this – and find yourself relating back with humorous chit-chat to relieve their boredom?
Do you think it’s lazy? Are you one of the ones raised in my generation with parents who thought it was some sort of “sin” to be bored? And would immediately create a new and “fun” project to keep you from ever saying “I’m bored” again?
Last night Greg and I were watching “Modern Family” – on the program Claire’s girls had been talking inside, while their mother Claire was outside. The girls said they were ‘bored’. And just like I remember from my childhood, Claire came in and immediately gave them the project of cleaning the kitchen cupboards and everything else in it. Yes – it was just what I remember – which is why I was never bored. Busy – yes – but not bored.
Too many times I see this online and I cringe. Honestly when I read this I have this mental picture of someone staring straight ahead at a pasty white wall, mouth opened, with a little drool coming out – nearly stupefied and ready to PASS OUT!
Now that may not be what you are indicating when you say, “I’m bored” – but to those of us raised with parents from the “builder” generation whose value came from hard work – then to US it looks like you just need a project, chore or something to DO that’s constructive!
I’m sure what most of you mean is this:
1) I don’t have anything pressing right now to do.
2) I have some free time (Yay for ME!)
3) I can chill for a while in my quiet place (if you’re a guy – your “nothing box”)
For me – these all apply – but you will NEVER hear me say or EVER write on social media that “I’m bored” – not EVER. To me – that is a sign that my mind has ceased to function – that I am beyond the point of enjoying a good book, sitting quietly and watching a good movie – playing word games and puzzles to increase my word knowledge and ponder on the many things I need to prepare the next day or week.
How about you?
Are YOU bored?