I haven’t written a post in quite a while. Again, I felt there wasn’t really anything to write about. However, today I found something worth pondering about; boredom.
Boredom is such an interesting state of being. When you’re bored you feel the need to do something. But it’s not just any sort of thing. Pushing a rock up a mountain only to let it roll down and do it again is not going to fix your boredom (well, more on that later). You need to do something that is interesting.
This is where figuring out how to deal with boredom gets more complicated. Not only is boredom guided by a person’s likes and dislikes, it’s also guided by the amount of time someone spends doing a task. What will cure your boredom may not cure mine. You might really love painting your nails to cure it but I might really love pushing rocks up mountains. I mentioned above that boredom is also tied to time. You might really love doing nails, but doing it for a full day is probably not going to work out very well. There is no novelty. (Of course, I am assuming here that you are doing the same design over and over again.)
Another interesting point is that when you think of people’s boredom cures, you can almost be sure that the cure wont be rolling a rock up a mountain. A cure has to be constructive in some way. By the way, take the word constructive in a very loose sense. I don’t mean that it has to be innovative or groundbreaking. It merely has to be something a person can get better at. An activity that can be developed. You can fix your nails, and get better at designing them. You can better your gaming strategies. You can can become better at writing. You can read and learn more.
I’ve written a bit now, and think I know what boredom arises from. It seems to be the lack of development. It doesn’t matter if the thing being developed is trivial in a holistic sense, we seem to love developing a skill. Well, I should preface that last comment by saying that some animals seem to express signs of boredom.