Tropical Storm Eta rolled through my neck of the woods and we were out of power for… a whole day! Mercy me. ONE DAY!
You’d think “my boys” – men, really – have been struck with the vapors. I’m talking about my husband and my grown son. They were pacing and sighing the entirety of their waking hours while the electricity was out. Of course, with the power outage, the internet is out too.
And every time I heard a long, hard suffering sigh, I ducked my head down because I didn’t want to make eye contact. If I don’t see them, maybe they’ll ignore me. I certainly don’t want to engage with their boredom.
In fact, with every sigh, I kind of felt like the girls in Cell Block Tango.
“If you pop that gum one. more. time…”
I’m done. I’ve got stuff to do! SERIOUSLY.
I’m busy and I want to take advantage of this rare offline time to do stuff that I might otherwise not get to.
In essence, your boredom is NOT my problem.
I am perfectly happy in the quiet. I don’t mind the dark or working by candlelight (or flashlight). I have no problem getting lost in my thoughts or writing in longhand, which is what I wrote this article in. Thankfully I can read my writing because I’m way out of practice there.
I was also busy cleaning the house and organizing my office when I took a break from reading and writing. I didn’t stop until I decided to take a luxurious nap.
I’m not bored. In fact, I am rarely bored – ever. And I have a hard time feeling bad or sad for anyone who is feeling bored. You’re not my monkey and that’s not my circus. I cannot summon motivation for anyone else but myself, especially when the distractions of modern technology are off.
Certainly, I can be motivating or inspiring to others, but I do not have the power to make anyone get off their ass.
FFS – DO SOMETHING – ANYTHING – but stop moping, pacing, and sighing. It’s a zero-sum practice to use that much energy and accomplish nothing from it.
A List of Things You Can Do To Stave Off Boredom
Here’s a list of things that you can do to keep from getting bored.
- Read something.
- Write something.
- Craft something.
- Get a deck of cards and play solitaire. Yes! We used cards before computers were invented.
- Take a nap. I did. It was amazing.
- Clean something.
- Organize your desk.
- Make a dream board. This could probably go under crafting, but whatever.
- Go for a walk (weather permitting).
- Masturbate or make love. Yeah, I said it.
Here’s the thing… there is plenty to do when the power is out so I don’t want to hear the sad excuses for being bored. And please, for the sanity of all others, keep your sighs to yourself.
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