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Boredom

on August 20, 2015

When Ming was little he only once said, “Muuuuummmmm – I’m booooored!” because I immediately retorted, “The only children who ever get bored are booooooring themselves!” From that moment, he became more self-sufficient.

Okay, the above is a summary of several similar conversations with little Ming not long after I stopped being interested in finding the missing lego pieces in a Harry Potter castle or two.

Today, in the nursing home, helping Ants with his lunch, watching the television series, my mother’s visit – the almost clockwork regularity of this routine – struck me….

I recently read an article about how boredom can be a good thing, that it allows a person to sit back and re-perceive things and embrace the boredom as a kind of contentment. I do understand this because I have experienced it. And with Ants these hours are valuable time together as he gets more and more incapacitated.

This whole acceptance thing has been wonderful for all of us but I’m beginning to realise that I have also stunned myself with a kind of boredom. And, if boredom = boring, then I am guilty.

I will still spend many hours per day with Ants, but am now excited about writing more seriously; I’ve even planned a schedule of writing ….

No way will I let that boredom thing creep in.


18 responses to “Boredom

  1. Val Boyko says:

    Boring is a state of mind. Its okay to be content with just sitting or being in each other’s company. We humans also need some spark in our lives to make it interesting!

  2. shoreacres says:

    I’ve thought about boredom plenty, and come to the conclusion that boredom is, at heart, a symptom of a lack of engagement with life. Your enthusiasm for reengaging with your writing is a bit of proof.

  3. As always, you are an inspiration to me — and never boring! Hugs

  4. KDKH says:

    I’m glad you had enough boredom to help you recover from the stress you’ve had in your life. I’m even more glad you realized when you’ve recovered enough to add enjoyable things back into your life. You go girl!

  5. Amy says:

    Can’t wait to see what your boredom leads to. 🙂

  6. Colline says:

    look forward t reading more of your writing.

  7. Terry says:

    Good thinking. Always keep the mind busy experimenting with new ideas and ways.

  8. Judy says:

    You are such a sharp woman, Julie. I never imagine you as bored. If that were to happen – then perhaps you hadn’t considered that you were in a “Bored and Care” facility!

  9. susanpoozan says:

    Well done that girl!

  10. To keep your own life in perspective is a good thing….. Diane

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    To me, very timely because I’ve drafted a future post starting with I’m bored. … just one of those serendipitous moments.

    Meanwhile, given your situation, you’ve given a different angle to boredom. Well done … Continued peace and strength to you.

  12. tootlepedal says:

    You are never boring to your readers.

  13. good for you Julie- have fun writing! ❤
    Diana xo

  14. Boredom is a tricky thing. It has become something much maligned, I read somewhere that intelligent people never get bored, I forget who said it, but I find the saying to be very manipulative, who wants to be thought of as unintelligent? lol Boredom can lead to introspection, something many of us need from time to time lol Hugs Jules!

  15. Being at ease is not the same as bored. I think of being bored as having the energy and desire to ‘do’ something but don’t know where to direct it. Or have any ideas that catch your attention…. I would never have thought of your life as boring. 🙂

  16. One can even be bored in the flurry of activity–the kind that is not fulfilling.

  17. Judith Post says:

    Routine is nice, but I’m glad you’re spreading your wings, and really glad that you’re going to write! Hooray!

  18. i’ve always found the concept of boredom very interesting. as i grew up without things like electricity my perspective may be askew:) my grandmother used this time to pass on stories of her youth and our family. usually we had been in fields or groves picking whatever was in need of harvesting and fell in bed soon after dinner.

    i find now that my heart requires so much rest that we, much like you and anthony, spend this time with our shows and just chatter. much of the time we just sit in comfortable companionship. we both treasure this time and don’t think we will ever get too much of it!

    contentment is much under-appreciated. i do find it difficult to imagine your life as anything but lively. i admire your ability to appreciate this time for what it is, sending you big hugs

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