Steady now: bored and busy

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

When I was a kid, boredom was not an issue.

In elementary school, I was one of those kids who liked discussing big-picture issues with adults and had trouble looking my counterparts in the eye. I was fascinated by how energy worked and whether our brains were fixed in some ways and malleable in others. I wanted to talk conspiracy theories and the Bermuda Triangle (another post). I wanted to fact check teachers and know more about everything.

I was happy to nerd out, and boredom was my ticket. With all the discussion about how technology is/is not changing everything, for better or worse, I often think about what it would have been like if I'd been connected as a kid.

If I'd had a cellphone, access to the classics at the push of a button, I doubt I would have ever looked up. And perhaps I'd have a social media account that would suck time and create personas as multilayered as the fictional characters I read about and would later attempt to write.

Because I didn't have technology, however, I had to learn to wait, to observe the world I saw and solve the mysteries bit by bit. I had to embrace boredom.