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’ 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.
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?