Boredom Ain’t Real

For me this is a landscape and a time to bank up courage in a craven heart, to carry a greater fund of joy into the next cloud of sorrow, to learn even to love sorrow for the pleasure it divides, like the black notes on a keyboard, or hunger between meals. Perhaps even to discover that pain and pleasure, since they cannot exist without each other, are really the same thing.

– Ted Simon (Jupiters Travels)

I will never understand the phrase “I’m bored.”

Have you looked out at the world around you? You now have so much right in one place, too. As much as I get turned off by the negative aspects of the internet, the epiphanies I have had never would have happened if not for the magic of a little screen and pixels.

The words “If you’re bored, you’re boring” really ring true. The only times I can recall being bored are when I have been really depressed due to a heinous lifestyle, or when forced to be bored by a workplace (it only lasted so long – I quit – boredom is that painful to me – phsyically painful!).

Boredom isn’t actually a real thing. It’s a state, not an emotion. The reason you are bored is because you are stagnant and not moving forward. Life is ALWAYS moving forward, so if you fight against it, you are going to either think nothing is going on (because you are seeing the reality of “boredom”) or you are going to wither and die.

Creative people are never bored. There is a reason for that – it’s momentum. Flowing along with life.

There is no doubt in my mind that there are things you want to do with your life, that you want to spend your time doing, and that you fantasize about accomplishing. Work on those things – it probably takes less energy from you than whining about being bored does.


“‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless. The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’”
– Louis CK

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