Like most creatures, I have my habits. I wake up between 7.30-8.30 AM, make a pancake or grab cereal, and get to work on my tasks for the day. Some homework, grocery shopping, laundry. Sometimes I get slow moments and read, or more rarely, write. I play with my cat and make sure she’s fed. I go on walks a few times a week.
And sometimes, like these last few days, I get bored. There’s still homework to do or books to read, but I don’t feel like this is something that I want to do.
I don’t know if this is a me thing, a ND thing, or just a person thing, but I need to be invested in a thing to do it. Even if I don’t necessarily want to do the thing, I recognize that there is a need to do it and feel motivated.
I haven’t been feeling like that. Over the past two days I’ve gotten wander”lust,” a desire to eat something I’ve never eaten before, and general restlessness. I can’t fulfill my wanderlust for reasons, but I did pick up a pretty good sandwich at the grocery store that I’ve never eaten before. It wasn’t exotic but it was delicious. I still feel restless, but I don’t have the energy for a long walk. Yet I’m not so tired that I’ll go to bed early.
One of the greatest things that I’ve done over quarantine is GISH, the greatest international scavenger hunt the world has ever known. It’s impossible to be bored while participating in GISH; the tasks are too fantastical. None of the things are things that I’d do on a regular basis.
And maybe it’s making me see how bored I am on a regular day. I don’t normally put frosting on my face or write on the lawn. I don’t even have a lawn; I used a bit of gravel on my school’s ballfield for that particular task. I wouldn’t even think of doing these things.
Boredom can be good in terms of resting and uninterrupted thinking time. But it just doesn’t feel good.
So I want you to challenge me. In the comments section, please give me an unusual, socially-distanced, cheap/free thing for me to do. It can be your hobby, dance routine, or boardless game or other outlandish thing. Bonus if my cat can join in!
I’ll start- on your next trip to the grocery/work/school, take a path you hadn’t taken before!