First of all, I could do links in all this to substantiate my words. But I’m not. I’ve had migraines off an on for the past six days and am not up to it mentally. So, google for yourself and if I’m wrong, please comment. Otherwise, come along and read something fun.
We live in a world of constant mental stimulation. Or maybe it’s just me. With internet, TV, books, video games, being outside, work, gym, kid, cats, husband, friends, and crafts, I am only bored in one place, bed. I was, anyway, until my family teamed up and bought me an iPod touch for Christmas. Now, even just before sleep, I’m not bored. It’s my Words with Friends/self-improvement hypnosis time. Which is both good and bad.
Why both? Because electronics are infringing upon my “I’m bored but am fretting too much to sleep” time. It was the one uninterrupted part of my day where I could imagine what if’s based on the day’s information. Like, what if a couple made a deathbed promise to be married? What if the one time a bride thought her sister would leave her guy alone, she doesn’t? My latest is what if someone could literally buy the sun? How would that impact the world’s population? Another is what if there was a world where eyes evolved in air? And another, how would we communicate with a species who lives in a place where we’d freeze solid? Or instantly burn into vapor?
All of these are fun ideas to ponder. A few are already books. What I think a lot of people call writer’s block is actually a lack of being bored. Lives are so full of distractions, it takes away the time to just daydream and speculate. We need that time to fill in our own blanks, not let others putty it in for us.
Bottom line? Boredom is not something to be feared. Instead, it’s a good time to use the quiet to bust up that writer’s block. There’s not a lot of chances to be bored in a world where even the stores’ checkout lines have televisions. So do yourself a favor and schedule in some daydreaming time and see how much fun your mind can have on its own.