Boredom is Not a Good Use of Time

As an educator, parent, recovering alcoholic, etc, I hear the short phrase “I’m Bored” way too often. Lately though, I’ve been hearing it in my own thoughts, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

You see, as a recovering alcoholic, it isn’t good to have a lot of time where you can sit and think to yourself that you’re bored. I believe that part of my boredom has been from a lack of motivation and desire to do things. I’m disciplined enough to complete what I need to at work and home, but it still doesn’t help the fact that lately I’ve been watching the clock as time passes slowly. I could be doing a lot of things during this time like reading a book my wife bought me in August or researching my passion to in becoming an addiction counselor, throwing a ball to the dogs, but instead, I’ve been sitting idle on my phone / computer or literally sitting on the couch ‘watching’ the clock and waiting to go to bed.

I would consider myself as a motivated individual and I place a lot of effort into my family, work, blog, etc, but recently, it’s been hard to kick the “I’m bored” thoughts that keep entering my mind.

Here is a Quote on Boredom I found and found very relevant to this post.
“I’m Bored”
I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.
Louis C.K
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Being alive should move you beyond being bored in life. Living either a successful life in recovery, being apart of society, a person with feelings / emotions, as an active addict / alcoholic, you’re still alive and can always improve your quality of life. When a person gets “sick and tired of being sick and tired” often is when some changes occur in life and some may hit rock bottom to figure out what being “sick and tired of being sick and tired” is all about. A key factor is that recovering alcoholics addicts are not the victim and should not think that way or be treated that way.

Find something productive today to do since if you’re reading this, you are alive. What’s it going to be… Reading that dusty book on the shelf, cleaning up your desk at work, finishing the report that has been sitting on your desktop computer, calling a loved one / friend you haven’t talked to in months or have had a falling out with…

What are you going to do today to stay alive and live free?

9 thoughts on “Boredom is Not a Good Use of Time

  1. I am one who is bored quite a bit, which is why I would drink so much. I lost touch with myself, I don’t know who I am or what I enjoy anymore. therefore, I felt “there’s nothing to do”. hopefully when the fog clears, I’ll rediscover what I enjoy doing so I can put the time I have to good use. thank you for opening my eyes and realizing there is always something if I just look for it.

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  2. The abks for posting this. I am never bored. I have a full schedule every day. Now my addiction would like me to think that the things i do are boring compared to my active addiction but i know better. As it was stated there are way too many things to do. At least now i can enjoy some new things and enjoy them clean.

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    • I agree that there are way to many things to be doing then being bored. I was referring more to a distracted mind at times. No matter how much there is to do at times, sometimes the mind wonders. I also have a full schedule everyday. I have a family, teach, coach baseball and have a side job hanging Christmas lights during this time of year, but no matter how busy I can be, every once in a while, I think about how nice it would be to do nothing.
      I keep trucking on my recovery and following my daily schedule. I was also referencing to having a dual-diagnosis of bipolar and addiction disorder. With balancing both, in my opinion, my bipolar disorder can interfere with some of my thoughts every once in a while. This isn’t a daily occurrence for me, but every once in a while, I may go through a small cycle of my mind ‘wondering’ or being ‘bored’. I appreciate your response to my post. Mark

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    • I agree that there is a world of information at our finger tips that can elevate boredom by staying busy. At times in my bipolar and addiction disorder mind, it still tends to wonder and becomes distracted. This creates a perception of possible boredom (not wanting to really do anything), even though I am still staying busy by doing things.

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  3. Hi Mark,

    I really enjoyed reading this insightful post. As I read your words I was reflecting on boredom in my own life. Maybe you will find this true, I’ll run it past you if that’s ok 🙂 – I’m starting to think I choose to be bored because I’m afraid to start something that really matters to me.

    You mentioned your passion for wanting to become a counselor, that’s amazing. I am working on writing a book (scary) and I wonder, am I bored or just avoiding some thing that could be amazing?? Maybe that’s just me. Either way, thanks for the nudge to write a few more pages! 🙂

    Take care,

    Allison

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    • Thank you for the wonderful response to my post. I will be looking for your book ‘Scary’ on the market. When is it going to be released? I am happy that I could help nudge you to write a few more pages in your book. I hope all of your dreams come true and you continue to be inspired to start new things in your life.
      Have a blessed day full of happiness! Mark C.

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  4. I find this a very interesting post and it bothers me when people claim to be bored…I mean truly, literally bothers me. I have the exact opposite problem – not enough time to handle the tasks I set out for myself (oddly enough, that had been my excuse for drinking for several years) and when I see people moping around talking about how bored they are, I’m like “WTF planet do you live on?!?! There is MORE than enough things to do…” I think it boils down to a sense of entitlement for a lot of people – i.e. this idea that people have to be constantly entertained.

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    • At times, it bothers me when people say they are bored. I was trying to refer to more of a bored mind. Mostly when there is so much or not enough going on, the mind can kind of shut down and say “the heck with it”.
      People can be physically doing things, but on the inside, have thoughts of other things or wishing they didn’t have so much to do.
      With my bipolar mind, not using it as an excuse, but there are times when I am overwhelmed with a lot of different tasks and I get to the point where I all I want to do is nothing. I may have a different concept of part of the meaning of boredom equaling thoughts in the mind and actually having a mountain of things to do. From the second I wake up to the moment I go to bed, I could always be doing something to keep myself busy and free of boredom, but it can be difficult at times with a mind that cycles.
      I also agree that it is frustrating when you see people moping around saying I am bored or have nothing to do. A person can always be doing something, such as educating themselves by reading, exercising, volunteering, etc. The mind is a tricky place and personal perceptions and thoughts can take over of the mind being bored or distracted.
      Thanks again for the response. I enjoyed reading it and thinking about it. Mark C.

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