The feeling of boredom is quite boring. There is no joy in the moment; no excitement, no enthusiasm, no impulse. Just a vast expanse of nothingness that makes you exclaim “I’m so bored” repeatedly. It is not like you have run out of things to do all of a sudden. You live two lives after all, one real and the other virtual, yet boredom can turn you into a living carcass. Come to think of it, it is quite ironic to feel bored in this digital age, where you are surrounded by things that are designed to make you feel otherwise, but you feel bored anyway as if your life runs on autopilot.
This feeling of boredom could be transitory—like when your phone runs out of charge, leaving you no choice but to stare outside your cab window the entire journey. Or it could last for an eternity—at least that’s how it feels like when you are bored to death at a relative’s wedding or while sitting through a never-ending lecture on quantum physics. Either way, you lose your ability to focus as everything starts appearing lifeless and slow. The reasons behind your long yawns could be aplenty, but for everyone, time appears to move slow when they feel bored. Strange, but true. Einstein could have explained this conundrum quite easily, but there too, boredom could have found you—or even the great physician for that matter.
Unlike various emotions humans can feel or choose not to, boredom is something no one can escape from. It is a moment robbed of the colours of life and replaced with shades of grey. The great German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer took his perception of boredom in a new direction by calling it the enemy of human happiness. But the truth is, boredom is anything but an enemy or an unwanted emotion. For starters, it’s a mirror that can show you what you are missing in your life. Boredom is also a spiritual experience that reiterates the need to find joy in your own company—which is all you have when you are bored. As Slavoj Žižek, a Slovenian philosopher says, “boredom is the beginning of every authentic act… Without boredom, (there is) no creativity.”
In short, boredom is a new excitement. It gives an opportunity to add something new and valuable to your daily grind. A 2019 study shows boredom as an experience that can fuel productivity and creativity in people. But you can’t reap the fruit of boredom if you are unaware of its existence. Instead of spending hours on social media, going through stories of random people, let your imagination fly and your dreams soar when you feel bored.