As a kid, I can remember feeling bored a lot. I’d be at home and complain to my mom about it and she’d tell me to go play and send me on my way. I’d protest at first but the result was always the same, she’d go on about her business and send me off to play. We had an upstairs floor in our house with three extra rooms. One of which was a playroom for my brother and I. We would go upstairs and end up playing for hours. If the weather permitted we’d go outside to play instead. What I’ve come to realize is some of the most fun I remember having as a kid, often started with me finding a way to cure boredom.
As an adult, I found ways to occupy myself when I found myself feeling bored. That usually lead to picking up my phone and surfing social media. It was entertaining enough to make me forget I was bored but it was also short-lived. Don’t get me wrong, I could go from one site to the next for hours (not that I did…) but then I’d feel bad because I wasted so much time I could have been doing something else. In an effort to find more productive ways to cure my boredom, I found ways to play.
Playing is an important part of life that doesn’t end once you’re no longer a child. I thought that once I was an adult I had to be serious and mature and there was no place for playtime in my life. I’ve learned not to take myself too seriously and that it’s overrated anyway. These days I like to do whatever I’m inspired to in the moment that boredom reminds me it’s time to have fun. I have tons of half-started crochet projects (I have crochet ADD), paintings I’ve made at paint and wine classes with friends, beautiful photos I’ve taken, classes I’ve signed up for, and meals I’ve learned to prepare. When boredom doesn’t just infect me but the family as a whole, we play hide and go seek, have a dance party, color, go for a walk, or play card games.
The thing is, boredom often sparks amazing moments of creativity if you can learn to play for the fun of it instead of finding ways to distract yourself. I want to encourage you to find ways to bring more play time into your life. How does it feel? What does it inspire you to do? How long has it been since you’ve had fun just for the sake of it? Feel free to share in the comments!
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