Being bored

It's 25 minutes to 8 on a sunny summer's evening, and I've 25 minutes until Smiley's bed time routine begins. Oh, and I'm bored.

I used to think that only boring people got bored, but obviously I've changed my mind about that.

The kitchen is cleanish, the carpets have been hoovered, the washing has been put away, and no-one needs me.

With less than half a hour, what on earth could I do? If I was young and enthusiastic I'd probably dash upstairs, throw on some running gear and head around the block a few times. But I'm not, so I won't.

You probably know that 'escape' is one of my favourite words by now, but how could I manage it and get back before 8?

I could read, but even that feels like too much work.

I don't do arts and crafts, at least not now. The piano sits unplayed in the back room, and what tune could I tap out on it now after 10 years without practicing?

I could pull up some weeds, but the jungle outside the back door is so bad now that getting up close and personal with the dandelions and nettles would be depressing, especially as there are so many  out there.

I could try to enjoy the view, but it's not very exciting...


There's blog posts and twitter stories I could read, but I can't be bothered right now.

All I can think of to do are things that I did today and yesterday and will probably do tomorrow. It's boring. It's all the same, and there's no excitement for me in familiarity. I'm unlike my children, who seem to crave it's blanket-like security.

So what did I do with my time?

Well I chopped up a few bananas for the freezer and wrote this.

What would you have done?




14 comments:

  1. Oh, I would love to have me time... but I don't... or if I do (driving to and back from work) I'm plotting my novel... or when my family is asleep, I put that plot into the words on a computer... or if that 'free' time happens during the day... one of my family member (not just kids... ;) ) needs me... it's like a neverending story... oh... and it doesn't matter... if I can squeeze a free minute - I open a book... :)

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    1. When you have a family and a job and special needs, there is very little free time at all. Yet you managed to write a book, I don't think many people realise just how amazing that is x

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  2. I get you. Sometimes I have things I could be doing but I just sit and think why I couldn't be bothered doing them.
    I suppose doing nothing is good if only we could appreciate that moment, but feck it feeling bored or unmotivated is a head wrecker.
    At least you chopped the bananas!

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  3. I just have to say that I love the view from your window. So pretty. You could always buy a Johanna Basford book for those boring moments! :) xx

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  4. I've had a fair few bored moments throughout the holiday with the weather being rubbish! I have so many things I *could* do, but had that "can't be bothered" feeling.
    I figure sometimes it's good for us to feel bored... makes us appreciate having things to do more. ;)

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  5. I enjoyed this....is it wrong to enjoy someone else's boredom???!

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  6. Sometmes one is just bored and there is nothing you can do about it - even if there are options. Bored isn't always a sate of, 'there's nothing to do.' Sometimes it's more a state of, 'nothing interests me atm.'

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    1. Yes, household chores never interest me atm or any other time! They bring on guaranteed boredom :)

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  7. Ohh bless you, I hate those days when we get a bit of spare time and then are just too exhausted and burnt-out to do anything with it. I hope it didn't last too long. Mich x

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    1. I hope you don't get too many of those days Mich x

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