People are bored.
I see it everywhere. Boredom. Do you see it?
I see tired faces strolling the cracked sidewalks, looking for satisfaction. Boredom is in their heart, and it is heavy. I can read it on their face. It is in their work, free time, love life, friendships, hobbies, night life, home life, etc. Boredom takes over.
Can you escape it?
Kierkegaard said, “Boredom is the root of all evil.”
You need to fight boredom. Don’t let it consume you anymore! But what weapons do you have when everything seems rusted over? What do you do when you have allowed yourself to become cynical about everything?
If you’re bored all of the time, ask yourself these questions:
Are you living for yourself? How is this affecting your relationships? I wrote remarkably short article here, explaining that the only cure for boredom is to find a saturating identity from your Father in heaven, which will propel you forward to a life on mission and purpose. If God exists, then he does not want you to be bored. He has things for you to do. Life with God is not about rules and regulations. It is about joining Him in what He is already doing here on earth, for the good of His eternal Kingdom.
We were created to do life together. We have naturally always been a part of an extended family, a tribe. However, our culture now admires individuals who lead highly independent and self-sufficient life. We want the security and control of having everything we own in front of us. But if you don’t let anyone into your life, you are not going to get anything out of life. You will become lonely, and bored. Find people you can trust and let them in.
Many people quit learning once they have graduated from college or high school. The effect of this is that your brain goes from engaged to deranged. Reading fresh material and exploring new subjects opens up your mind to be creative and useful. Without continuous learning, you will drive yourself crazy, constantly referring back to the same lazy information that you have known for the past three years.
The fight against boredom is not a lost cause. You can beat this. Do not get cynical. Pursue things deeper than your current reality. You do not have everything figured out. Do not stay bored. Go out and find a life worth living.
Struggling with boredom?
- Write down a takeaway from this post.
- Decide which question you need to ask yourself.
- Write down one action step you can do tomorrow to fight boredom.
- Do it.