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.
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.
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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