This past Sunday, our priest’s homily touched on boredom and people locked into a rigid routine that never changes. He mentioned people of all ages: bored children, bored office workers, bored mothers cooking, cleaning and caring for children, etc. Somewhere in the homily he mentioned elderly people who never try anything new. I was going to call him on that after Mass, but a big storm had come up minutes before Mass ended and the lobby was full of people afraid to go out in the storm. So I put my umbrella up and braved the pouring rain mixed with thunder and lightning and didn’t get a chance to tell him that he made assumptions about those of us in the so-called elderly category.
I am almost never bored. The only time I get bored is if I’m in some meeting, which since I retired is rare. Very few meetings catch my interest as they seem to go on and on and on reiterating what was already said. That’s why I don’t get involved very much with anything that involves meetings. I don’t consider my book clubs actual meetings, but we don’t have officers, collect dues or take minutes. We discuss books and laugh a lot especially if it’s my evening book club that includes dinner and wine. My morning and lunch book club is a lot of fun, too, and not boring either. And then there is my local writers group meetings where we share our work and also find much to laugh about – although not about anyone’s work unless it’s a funny piece. For instance, my humorous short stories that end with a twist. My local Sinc chapter is usually good, too.
I’m never bored waiting in a doctor’s or dentist’s office because I always have a book or a TIME magazine with me to read, or sometimes I eavesdrop on conversations thinking about how I can work it into a story. I will admit to getting bored if I’m with a shopper, and I haven’t brought anything along to read. The shopper usually tells me they just want to look at one thing. Yeah, right! I’ve heard that too many times to believe them.
Most of the times I go anywhere, it’s to deliver Mobile Meals, which I enjoy, or a family event, and those are always fun. I enjoy Church, concerts, plays, camping trips and trips to garden centers. If I have to fly somewhere, I have books to read and the flight goes reasonably fast so again I’m not bored. While waiting for the flight to board there is also people watching. I enjoy that, too.
At home, I’m never bored. How could I be? There are walks in the woods, animals to care for, gardening to do from early spring through late fall, and writing. When I’m done with all those activities, there are books. How can anyone be bored when there are so many good books to read?
When I went to find pictures for this blog, over and over one saying came up: Only boring people are bored. I remember telling that to my children during the summer and also to my students if they complained they were bored. For me there are not enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to do. How can I be bored?
Are you ever bored and if you are, when and why?