Getting Bored

In an age of abundance, getting bored is a privilege. 

Let me ask you this – When was the last time you were bored?

“Such an absurd question! What does he even mean by that? I get bored all the time.”

But do you really? I don’t think so. See, here’s the thing – Even though you get bored often, you rarely allow yourself to experience it. You fear it and often try to run away from it.

Most of you would rather distract yourself with Netflix, Instagram, Twitter, or Clubhouse. In some sense, you fear sitting alone with yourself.

As Blaise Pascal puts it,

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

The problem is that you fail to enjoy your own company. 

Your mind is overstimulated. It’s addicted to small hits of dopamine given by scrolling, gaming, and binge-watching.

Try this little experiment where you keep all your gadgets aside and sit alone in a room for 30 minutes. Just sit there and observe yourself.

Soon, you’ll find yourself craving for some sort of distraction. It’ll be very hard for you to just be bored.

That’s why I called it a privilege because not everyone can afford to get bored.

Plus you live in an attention economy where every platform is vying for your attention.

Getting bored then becomes a deliberate practice instead of something that just happens.

But having a few moments of boredom can be wonderful for your well-being. 

By embracing boredom, you train your mind to be okay with stillness.

And as Ryan Holiday puts it,

“Stillness is the key.”


Thanks for reading. I am Shikhil Vyas, a technical content writer and blogger. If you liked reading it, you can support me by buying me a coffee.

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