Embracing Boredom

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Hitting the gym every day is boring. Writing every day is boring. Being with one partner for a long time is boring. Sitting down to meditate every day is boring.

But boredom has got a bad reputation. These same boring routines are actually the most rewarding.

When you hit the gym every day, you build a good physique. When you write every day, you sharpen your writing skills and develop mental clarity. Being with the same partner for a long time builds a healthy and emotionally satisfying relationship. Meditating every day helps increase focus and achieve inner peace.

Mastering any skill requires consistent and often boring repetition. To be an expert in something, you need to practice a specific skill for a long time with remarkable consistency.

  • As a 19-year old boy, Warren Buffet read the book ‘Security Analysis’ 12 times to educate himself better on investing.
  • Messi is currently the best free-kick taker in the world. But it is a skill that he has developed after years of consistent practice.

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, popularized the idea that it takes 10,000 hours of concerted effort and practice to become a true expert in any field.

This is one aspect of boredom that you need to embrace. To achieve expertise in anything, you need to embrace the boring and repetitive parts of it.

Boredom in our everyday lives

But that’s not all. We also feel boredom in our everyday lives. We feel bored while waiting for our train to arrive, while waiting for our food order, while waiting for our cab, while standing in a queue to get tickets, or while waiting for our flights. We often feel bouts of boredom during our everyday lives.

This kind of boredom has its own benefits.

But first, let me ask you this. When was the last time you felt bored?

See, the thing is, even though we face boredom often, we rarely allow ourselves to experience it. We fear it and often try to run away from it.

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 we fail to enjoy our own company.

And since we live in an abundant world, there are always various means for us to get distracted. Our tolerance levels for boredom are at an all-time low. We hate boredom so much so that we can’t stand even the sight of it.

At the first sight of boredom, we run away to our social media, our video games, our Netflix, and whatnot. We rarely allow ourselves to feel bored.

We are overstimulated. As author and Psychology lecturer Dr. Sandi Mann puts it, “The more entertained we are, the more entertainment we need to feel satisfied. The more we fill our world with fast-moving, high-intensity, ever-changing stimulation, the more we get used to that and the less tolerant we become of lower levels.”

So, boredom has its own place in our lives. Embracing boredom to let our mind wander can help us get away from the need to constantly seek some sort of excitement.

It can also:

  • Allow us to delve more deeply into ourselves and reconnect with our own selves.
  • Help us to be in sync with the rhythms of nature and allow us to self-reflect.
  • Give us the widow of opportunity to dive into our minds.
  • Encourage creativity.

When you stop being afraid of boredom, you allow your mind to unwind and relax, just like in meditation.

By having a few moments in our lives where we don’t do anything, can be wonderful for our well-being. By embracing boredom, you train your mind to be okay with stillness.

So, stop swiping and scrolling your boredom away and embrace it for what it is – A few moments of nothingness.

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That’s all for this week. I’ll see you next Sunday.

Stay safe and take care.

With love,
Shikhil Vyas


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