Avoiding This Thing is Killing an Important Part of You.
In a world inundated with distractions – most on the device you are probably reading this on – it’s so easy to try to “entertain” ourselves on social media, games or online shopping. Or…maybe you find yourself grabbing a snack or a drink when you find there in nothing to do.
We have a million ways to entrain ourselves but continue to complain of boredom or quickly fill the spaces of boredom with mindless activities and scrolling.
What you need to know is…being bored is part of the human experience. Deep thought, imagination and daydreaming are all beautiful side effects of taking the time to sit with ourselves and risk, God-forbid, being bored.
Ever notice that our best ideas come to us while laying in bed, taking a shower or driving? That’s because your brain has the opportunity to wander.
With that in mind, what would happen if we allowed ourselves to be bored?
Maybe an idea for a new project.
Thinking of a new job or career endeavor.
New found inspiration for a current goal.
Thinking of and planning your dream vacation.
Clarity around negative feelings.
A good cry.
Or much needed time for gratitude.
Not so bad right? So why don’t we allow ourselves to be bored anymore?
As one of my mentors, Brooke Castillo says, “life sucks ass half the time.”
So, if 50% of the time we feel negative emotions and we have our phones to distract us at any given moment. It’s no wonder we have an increasingly difficult time sitting with ourselves. Who wants to feel like shit? But is the distraction helping?
No, it’s killing our imagination, ideas and ability to adequately handle our negative thoughts and feelings.
Give yourself permission to be bored, let your imagination run wild. Journal, doodle, paint, anything to sit with yourself and let that amazing imagination fire up. Who knows what exciting things you will discover – only your imagination can get you there.
“Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein