Embracing boredom and enjoying life

Why Boring is My Jam

Why Boring is My Jam

“Am I boring you?” My austere, Turkish ballet instructor would roar anytime we yawned in her class. Clearly, as I struggled to maintain the beat, being a march-to-my-own-drummer kind of person, I was anything but bored. And yet, now I realize that I categorize any kind of downtime as boring. I have somehow defined anything extraordinary in nature to be outside the realm of the mundane.

Uh, mom, this is boring. Adults talking. Again? Snorefest. Early bedtime: lame.

Except I am the lame one now and I like it. I enjoy having a boring routine. We are wild and crazy with our Friday night Chipolte and Netflix binge – questionable because we fall asleep on the second show. We go to bed around 9 pm most nights, workout during the week and generally just live our plain lives. 

Now, we relish in the ordinary.

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And  the thing is, it is wonderful. 2-year old drama is more than enough to suffice for my need for thrills. If you aren’t a parent, hang out with a toddler for a few hours. The rollercoaster of emotions will far exceed the most over-the-top Telenovela. 

The wiser older I get, the more I realize the importance of embracing boredom. Constantly needing stimulation changes the way we perceive the world. It is hard to disconnect and be present because we have forgotten how to be alone with our thoughts and each other. Thank you smart phone technology among others.

So, how do we combat the need to incessantly crush boredom? Well, enjoying the everyday is a good start. Smell the air as you walk through your neighborhood. Hear the rustle of leaves blowing in the wind. Greet your neighbors. Stop and smell the roses, literally and figuratively. Stop focusing on the destination and just enjoy the journey every once and a while. Check out my post to help you with more ideas to be present in the moment. 

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My friend recently shared a song on her Facebook page. I found myself rocking out to the ordinary. It came out a while ago, but, the advantage of being perpetually out-of-the-loop means, it is new to me.

I love our street. It is an established neighborhood with live oak trees that cover the length of the drive. As dusk, it is lit with fireflies that create a magical ambiance. There is nothing boring about relishing and soaking in these incredible moments with the ones I love.

This may not be the life out of a soap opera or some flashy show, but it is mine and I love it.

What is the boring part of your life that you love?

 

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Amanda
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Oh the boring life of mom. And I’m with you, I’m ok with it. Give me a good show & a snuggly blanket & I’m good.

Nicole
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I have such a hard time enjoying “downtime”. It’s like I am incapable of not scheduling myself and my children’s time out of fear that if I don’t and they or I am bored that all heck will break lose or that ship will hit the fan. But, the truth is that everything would be just fine and gosh- forbid I dare say we would still be happy. I love that you love being boring and I am working on loving it too.

purity
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I do not have kids but I feel you. I tell myself to be care free and not worry about schedules and such but i am incapable. Boring is my jam aswell!

daneen rogers
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Nothing for nothing but I like a boring life too. I guess it was the way I was brought up. No drama, no chaos, yet the ability to do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted, so it wasn’t like we were deprived lol To me, having a glass of wine and flipping through netflix under a throw blanket while petting my cat is nothing short of blissful.

Becca
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Just geeked out when I saw the Ben Rector video because the song was playing in my head as I was reading. 🙂
“We got off work and met at Bed, Bath and Beyond
You looked at curtains, I bought a birthday card for mom
We wanted tacos, but the taco truck was gone
Last night was crazy”

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