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Whippy

Boredom? What's that?

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I got curious about this today as it's something I tend to hear from a lot of people....uh...mainly non-artist types lol. I don't get bored very often really, there's always something to do,look at, draw, paw to, clean, wonder about, discuss with a friend, write about, design, read, or play with etc. But today however, I experienced a bit of boredom that lasted about 30-40 minutes.

 It happened when I didn't quite feeling like drawing, wasn't interested in watching any of my usual shows, and couldn't stand playing any games. I'm really not much of a gamer at all really, I get bored very quickly with them for some reason unless it's engaging enough. Most of my time each day is spent between drawing/painting , programming , reading about things I'm interested in, watching House or a cartoon, and/or talking with a friend. Aside from eating,sleeping, showering, pawing, pooping, and peeing (not in that order) , that's enough to keep my attention :D

I dunno..but..like...people that have the attention span of a gnat...I really can't stand sometimes.  It's makes me laugh hysterically sometimes hearing a person moan and complain about having no movies to watch or nothing on TV. I'm thinking "don't they know that's a dead end?". I do watch a little TV, but My Little Pony and House are the only two current shows I care to see (what a combo eh?).  I can get distracted just walking around walmart and looking at things. Actually, I get that way going just about anywhere. Things just look so darn interesting *makes a spaced out face*. So I guess I have to be really selective with my attention sometimes because it can easily get way out there. It's almost the same feeling when I really get into a painting. (see Flow)  I also found a good Scientific American issue that has an article about Boredom.

So this thing that happened today was basically a brief tumble down into attention helplessness. It was a bad feeling...thinking that the wells of cool things had run dry. I also noticed that I kind of..."pre-judged" things before looking at them ( I didn't feel like watching House because I though it would be the same ol stuff). It's kind of ironic that I cured my boredom by finding something to read about boredom lol!  Today was also strange in that I woke up early at 8am and slept again until about 6pm, pretty much taking a giant wet bite out of the good part.

So I hope to get down to the roots of what actually makes people prone to be bored or in flow. I so need to read that "Flow" book again that I bought back in 97..grr..must sleep though.
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Added: 6 years, 7 months ago
 
guitargod4900
6 years, 7 months ago
When you stop getting bored, it means you're 'fully present'. So much to take in at each moment. Means that you have an above-average consciousness.
Whippy
6 years, 7 months ago
o_o Really..hmm. Well, I've heard of Low Latent Inhibition. It's where a person can't shut out as much environmental stimuli from his/her conscious as most people do. On one hand it can be a good thing, but it can also make a person easily overwhelmed by things too. I'm not completely sure if I have that or not, because I can choose to shut out some things when I need to, but I can also be more open to things if it feels safe to do so.  I know that meditation teaches your mind to be fully present and I've practiced meditation off and on over the years.
guitargod4900
6 years, 7 months ago
Did you know that they labeled it 'medication' when it's actually DMT/LSD/THC/MAOIs and those things (Psychedelics) that do it? Or that you have a third eye that actually has retnas in your brain? What you have to do with that awareness is stop thinking, silence the constant buzzing of your brain constantly sending electric pulses that distort your third eye's vision.
What's really freaky; Knowing that, look at the basis for most if not all religions. Look at music, read between the lines in the lyrics. Hints have been dropped to this, it's just that they don't want you to see it.
Teddy
6 years, 7 months ago
Boredom is a classic sign of depression to.. and being that depression is one of the highest diagnosed illnesses, it's really not that surprising.  Amazingly enough, depression can be caused by many things from the weather, chemical imbalance and in my case, sleep apnea.
JeffyCottonbun
6 years, 7 months ago
Be careful with your sleep apnea, on a long term it can cause serious heart problems...
Teddy
6 years, 7 months ago
Yeah, I just started CPAP therapy for it a month ago.  I've been previously diagnosed with high blood pressure, depression (memory loss, fatigue, weight gain, restless sleep).  After having these issues these symptoms for almost 15 years and the treatments for those not really helping much, the doc sent me for a sleep study.  The medical threshold for determining if you have sleep apnea is 5 apneas an hour, I was having 27 an hour.

So yeah, I started CPAP a month ago and feeling alot better.  The part that annoys me is I've been under treatment for the above issues, and they are ALL symptoms of sleep apnea, but was being treated for each individually with medication.. and if you know anything about anti-depressants, you get next to zero sex drive with frustrated me the most.
Yaoifairy
6 years, 7 months ago
Yeah the only time I'm bored is when I'm sad lol
JeffyCottonbun
6 years, 7 months ago
This is what I read last summer about boredom, when I was feeling exactly as you described it in the journal. It is said that boredom precedes a mild depression and some people perceive depression as boredom.
It also means lack of implication, for a short period of time, in all the activities a person used to like. Some physical problems that cause boredom can be exhaustion or stress.
There are however a few ways to overcome it:
- try to find new hobbies
- try to socialize with family and friends, go and see a movie etc. (in my case, when it comes to family... I say pass!)
- learn something new
- listen to some nice music and dance.. it's a good way to exercise and have a little fun (this works for me everytime I'm home alone)
- get a pet (not a bird or fish or a gerbil, but a more active pet, such as a dog)


I hope you'll feel better soon *huggles a bunn*
Ketsa
6 years, 7 months ago
I don't think I've been bored in quite some time. o_o Ever since I moved away from my parents at the age of 17, I've always had more things I've wanted to do than time allows for. Probably doesn't help that I'm not very good at budgeting out the time I have...
NariFox
6 years, 7 months ago
Ever since I got more into art when I was younger, like maybe 12-13, and started trying to find the subtle hints of shadow, highlight, and color in objects and whatnot, I feel as if I can definitely relate to your comment about walking around looking at things and being sufficiently occupied by that. I feel like when you get really into art, your eyes pick up so much more when you're examining your surroundings besides the general look and feel of them. It's a trained thing also because I've had others relate well with me who were in my art programs but then I'd ask other friends and it'd be harder to explain what I meant since they couldn't exactly "see" what I was talking about without serious explanation.

There's that, and also the fact that things in general tend to capture my attention because I have ADD, heh. I also love to tinker around with new things and see how they work/what they're made out of and stuff like that. But really, besides the 'sometimes being easily distracted' thing, I feel like artists really see the world so differently than some other folks. I mean plenty of people have said that before, but to really experience it and understand it is a pretty cool thing.

I don't get bored very easily either because many things interest me, so perhaps people who get bored often just need to look into some more hobbies that might occupy them, make more friends, visit new places (even if it's while alone), look for a more active job or one that utilizes your skills better, etc. Even taking a walk is great because you can play music and look around while doing something great for your body, exercise!

And what other people have made a point to mention concerning a form of depression is definitely true. One of the initial warning signs of mild or otherwise cases of depression is losing interest in things you once loved to do for an inhibiting amount of time, aka if it goes on for a week or so and drives you crazy to be so bored.

But yeah, figured I'd throw in my two cents. You probably have the most interesting journal entries of everyone I have on my watch list, so I like to read and sometimes respond because it gets my mind going... if I'm not too busy! :3
PawzHusky
6 years, 7 months ago
Well I have ADHD so I can't really snap myself out of that. I take different supplements to give me energy and focus when it's absolutely necessary, but that still doesn't mean it doesn't drain me.
Yaoifairy
6 years, 7 months ago
My bf gets mad at me sometimes when I go out because I constantly just look at everything and talk about everything I see. "Oooh pink flowers", "oooh! They have a Mustang!" etc. X3; I don't know if that's because I have a short attention span, or if its because I notice everything and my mind thinks about each little thing I see. Boredom doesn't strike me much. I can get lost in drawing or writing
FoxWolfie
6 years, 7 months ago
I am very rarely bored.  There is almost always something to do that keeps boredom away.  Many times there are things that simply need to be done, so there is no time to be bored.  When all of the important stuff is done, I still don't get bored. If I have access to the net, there are infinite things to look at.  If I don't have the net, I can pull out a DVD or listen to music.  If the electric is out, I can go for a walk. If the weather is really bad, the electric is out, there is no net, and just plain nothing to do, I have around 2,000 plushies in my house, all begging for attention.  It would be very hard to grow bored of masturbating, especially when I can choose a different plushie to do it with every day for over five years, without repeating the same plushie!

So, when do I get bored?  Generally, that can only happen if I don't have control of the situation I'm in.  It probably means I'm away from home in fairing unfamiliar territory and no one I know to talk with. It would have to be a situation were I was not able to masturbate, go online, go for a walk, watch a movie, etc. The only time that has ever really happened in while sitting in a waiting room to see a doctor, with no magazines available, or at a party where everyone is drinking and there is absolutely nothing to be besides that.  Those situations are easily preventable, so they are very rare - therefore, I don't get bored easily. Maybe about once every year or two, I'll have a somewhat boring few hours.

I don't understand how some people can be bored nearly 95 percent of their entire lives.  Then again, maybe I would be too, if all I did was to spend 12 to 14 hours each day shooting zombies in an xbox game, like many of the most bored people I know do.  It's like the constant gaming at the expense of everything else erases everything in life that is fun, resulting in boredom.  One characteristic of boredom is a constant want to be doing something else, but when given something else to do, few people actually take that option. I'm quessing that they like being bored, or they are addicted to it.
alvidore
6 years, 7 months ago
boredom is not really a bad thing really, sometimes due to boredom you find new things to do and explore.....and then get bored with those, and find more new things (>^^<).....and so begins the circle of boredom!!!
IGAKattack
6 years, 7 months ago
I'm not a very social person, so the only times I really get bored are when I'm forced to endure interacting with people, usually family, with whom I have absolutely nothing in common.
Left to my own devices (drawing, internet, dvds, video games, lego, or simply spacing out and letting my imagination run wild), I often forget what boredom even is. =3
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