Using my own life as an example, battling boredom often involves taking a careful inventory of my life and engaging in “new” things that may be a little “dangerous”, but not reckless. Especially if shared with a loved one, doing things that are new, interesting, and slightly dangerous will keep the boredom out and the love for life alive.
Reckless actions should be avoided because even if they spice things up, they may get you in trouble with the law, which is definitely not fun. But what about riding bicycles or go-karts in the dark? How about swimming in a friend’s pool after dark? What about hopping onto your local city’s underground train station with a friend without a destination in mind? There are so many unseen experiences to be found right where you are living, if you are willing to change things up a bit and try a new destination point. As while you do this, always awaken the kid or college student inside you. Kids and younger people notice so many new simpler things in life and this makes them so very excited. The problem with getting older for many people is the familiar expression “Been there, done that”. They fall into routines and because they get tired after the end of day, they stop using their imagination and trying new experiences that may be right in front of them. Don’t you have an amusement park close by? Wouldn’t it be amazing to put on a “child’s hat” and go and experience all the wonders of a roller coaster or a carousel ride all over again? Check in your local newspaper and see when the “The Blue Man Group” comes back in town. Or what about Cirque de Soleil? How about an Opera? Be a Tourist in your own town. Let your imagination run wild. If you cannot find the time to travel outside your city, be a tourist right in your own city.
How about pulling out the old CDs in your storage area and putting on your Sony Mega Bass headphones and reliving the old memorizes that will be pulled up as the chords erupt out into your ears? You are given such a precious existence in this life that you only live once. Don’t make any excuses for putting off the glory and fun surrounding so many unturned stones. Better yet, write down and research so many of the top songs that were playing during your favorite past times of your life like in college and look them up on Youtube.com. You can attach a visual to your favorite music and enjoy that even more. One more thing to combat boredom.
Think of an awesome prank to do to a loved one or your cat. Make sure the prank is not a painful one, but just imagining a funny thing to do will be a great exercise to combat your periods of feeling boredom. Try Youtube.com for great ideas on funny pranks to do with to your friends. Also, pretend you are a dinosaur like a Velociraptor and stalk out your dog or cat. The key is to find things that are playful and bring out the kid in you.
Also, since we often spoke about how boredom is an “inner soul thing”, if you find yourself bored, go and visit your local church/synagogue/ashram/mosque and speak to God and revisit your inner spirituality. Close to my own house, there is a church St. John Brebeuf that has a 24 hour prayer room. Often, when I feel bored and need to reconnect my spirits with God, I hop on my bicycle, even if it is late at night, and pay God a visit.
Finally, without being too obnoxious, you can go and troll on a blog where the participants are thinking deluded and improper thoughts. When some people were raging about the end of the world based on the Mayan calendar this year, I put a cap on my boredom for hours trolling the message boards and making fun of their rationales and their plans to build an underground shelter. Shaking things up against tyranny and plain stupidity is a great way to release inner boredom. But don’t be mean… well not TOO mean.