We all get bored. Boredom, as far as the human experience goes, is one inevitable phenomenon. We all have our down times. Times when boredom hits and all else seems to fail to get our spirits up. But, being the humans that we are, settling for boredom is never an option. We keep scratching and biting until we successfully get our spirits back up.
Visiting friends, taking strolls, are some conventional ways humans deal boredom. And I do those too, occasionally. But, more often than naught, I have found that unconventional – read weird – responses come easier to me. Good thing about these responses is how they don’t necessarily require me dressing up or stepping out. Below are five of the weird ways I deal with boredom.
Engage My Mind In Pretend Argument Battle.
This is a coping technique I perfected far back as when I was still a kid. And it’s no surprise that I still regularly engage my mind in these pretend arguments. In fact, if I’ll be completely honest, it is my favorite way of handling boredom. It’s super convenient.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had this alternate universe in my head where class is determined by how well an individual is at arguments. There are daily argument battles at the dome where individuals and groups come to fight for superiority. And, yes, you guessed right, I’m the sovereign ruler and king of that universe. Which is nothing but laughable, seeing how in reality arguing is one of my areas of weakness.
Delete Files From My Phone Or Laptop Storage.
I have come to realize that my downtimes double as digital cleansing periods for me. It is only at such moments that I have the sufficient emotional detachment to discard redundant and unimportant digital files. And, boy, do I cram my storage devices with a truckload of those! I am digital packrat. And I’m not just a packrat, I am an extremely sentimental one at that.
Letting go of my ‘hard-earned’ files is not an activity I particularly enjoy engaging in. However, when I’m bored, I, strangely, become empowered to let go of these files without remorse. Those are the only times I’m not an active digital packrat. In fact, at such times, I even let go of files that are only slightly important. It’s all a question of how bored I am at the moment.
Re-watch Particular Movies/Series For The Umpteenth Time.
If you find me seeing a movie for the second or third time, you have no cause to be alarmed. That’s completely normal for movies I enjoyed watching the first time. However, should you ever find me seeing a movie for the umpteenth time, chances are, I’m super bored.
One thing I consciously avoid doing whenever I’m bored is seeing new movies. I have come to learn from experience that my mind isn’t usually at its best when I’m bored. At such times, I find it really difficult to follow and comprehend the events as they unfold in the movie. Such forced attempts at comprehension have always ended up as a total waste of time. So, instead of trying to force-feed my bored mind, I settle for the easy way out… re-watch black-ish.
Imagine Myself Making A Mess Of An Award Acceptance Speech.
Let’s not even talk about my filmmaking career, yet – I promise, one day it’ll be a hot topic, not just today. The yet to take off career notwithstanding, I already have vivid mental pictures of myself as an award-winning filmmaker – all because I’m that awesome. Indeed, it’s a goal. A long-term one. But that’s not all there is to it, there’s more.
The real long-term goal here is to get on an award stage and utterly goof up my acceptance speech. I’m talking sheer silliness, shamelessly ‘goofballing’ to the max. Utilizing my downtimes to imagine the best possible goofy scenarios is something I find succor in.
Hone My Standup Comedy Skill
Generally speaking, laughter is one very reliable cure for boredom, it’s surefire. A good laugh is a healthy dose to get the bored mind back to its best. And, where else can you be assured of getting a good dose of laughter if not comedy. So, whenever I’m bored, I don’t hesitate to feed my mind with some comedy. But, here is where it get’s interesting.
Because in my head, I am an awesome, talented, and super successful comedian, the luxury of humoring my bored self is reserved exclusively for me. Hence, time spent battling boredom is for me time spent getting better with my comedy craft.
P.S – I can assure you that the bulk of the jokes in most of the sets I play in my head are terrible, but you can’t tell that to my bored mind. Even Chris Rock in his prime ain’t got nothing on me.
There you have it, guys. Five unconventional ways I deal with boredom.
What are those weird things you do to fight off boredom? Be kind enough to share in the comments section below.