“Boredom can be important. That’s when you have to figure out what you want to do.” – Gretchen Rubin, Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
I can remember sitting in the backseat of the car, playing with a few crayons, and I was bored. The road-trip from New York to Florida took several days, and at 7-years old, those three days felt like lifetimes. My parents had provided me with a few crayons and a Star Wars figurine. The excitement was over in 5 minutes and the boredom set in. After the crayons melted beneath the rear window, it became really bad.
Today is different however. We are no longer bored. Between smart phones, tablets, Outlook calendars, Snapchat, and televisions in every waiting room, we no longer feel the pangs of boredom.
We’ve lost the space. The space and unencumbered time to think, to mentally and physically breathe, and to wonder and imagine.
Make space today. Block a few hours in the calendar for boredom. And imagine once again.