“We are supposed to be bored. It is a part of life. Learn to put up with it…” Jack Kerouac
I grew up quickly, in a family of alcoholics. This meant that when other kids were playing or having ‘summer’, I was worrying about food, safety, ‘taking care of other people’.
It is with great pleasure that I report that I am currently exploring the joy of boredom. The “not doing”, the “not having to do”, the “that can wait until later.” I may appear to be sitting around, but I am not doing nothing. My brain is working through ideas. It’s the quiet that we allow ourselves in boredom that feeds our creativity.
Now you might disagree. “Boredom is a sign of weakness.” “There are so many wonderful things to explore.”
Whichever side you’re on; take a minute to “not do” when you have the chance. Here’s a quiz:
The reason people often have good ideas in the shower is:
- the water
- the soap
- the quiet
- all of the above
If we want to improve our problem solving ability and creativity, maybe we ought to sit around more and ‘think’ less.