Everyone experiences boredom throughout their life: children, teenagers, adults. Children face this feeling the most. With all the free time they possess during the day, they have to be entertained constantly to deal with feeling bored. Once they become teenagers, they gain more responsibilities. While they have less free time, they still experience periods of boredom. They have to discover new ways to entertain themselves. Once they become adults, they gain more responsibility: taking care of their own home, working at a new job, taking care of themselves, etc. They lose the little free time they possessed as teenagers. Now they do not have the chance to sit down, relax, and do nothing. They are busy the entire day. With all these new tasks, adults desire the chance at experiencing boredom. As children and teenagers, they hated this feeling. After growing older and losing time for relaxation, they come to appreciate feeling bored.
Adults are always busy at work. Upon stepping into the building, you immediately start working. You check the calendar, filled with the month’s deadlines, and decide which needs to be done first. You have stacks of paper on the desk that need finished. You also have lists of tasks to be completed that day. You become absorbed in your work, not stopping until your lunch break. Even then, your mind is consumed with what needs to be done. After the lunch break, you continue to check off each bullet on the checklist. You do not stop until you reach the end. Although you finish your tasks, there is still more to be done for the next few weeks. With the constant paperwork and bustle of the office, you have no time to stop and relax. If you earn a promotion, you gain a bigger workload. You have to work harder and longer.
After a long day at the office, all you want to do is relax. Unfortunately, there are still things to accomplish at home. Bills need to be paid. Laundry needs to be done. You also have to sort the clothes and empty all the hampers. The house needs to be cleaned. Errands need to be done. Dinner needs to be made. Children need help with various things. Homework needs completed. Studying needs finished. They also have sports, dance, afterschool activities, etc. You drive them from place to place. In between waiting for their activity to end, you run more errands. You are constantly on the move. If you have a pet, you have to fill the food and water dishes up, take it for a walk, put the toys away, etc. The house also need to be maintained. You have to mow the lawn, pile the leaves onto the street, shovel the snow and salt the sidewalks, etc. New things continue to come up, adding to your daily housework. There is never time to sit down and relax.
The times of the year where you should be relaxing, you keep busy with work. For Thanksgiving, you are planning the dinner, buying all the ingredients, and cooking non-stop. You prepare for all the incoming relatives and make the home warm and inviting. You clean the house until it’s spotless. For Christmas, you buy all the presents for the family and cover them in different wrapping paper. You put out all the decorations: inside and outside. You gather the family and plan a day to buy the tree and hang all the ornaments and lights. You take a picture for the Christmas card and send to all your friends and family. On Christmas Eve, you wait for the children to fall asleep. Then you quietly take all the presents and place them under the tree. You also fill the stockings up and finish all the cookies and milk left for Santa. For Easter, you buy the eggs to color with the kids. You buy all the presents and candy. The night before, you wait till the children fall asleep. Then you hide the colored eggs around the house and find a place to put the baskets. Not only that, you have a dinner to prepare. For New Year’s Eve, you plan the party. You write out invitations for all the guests, and buy all the food to serve. On the day of the party, you set out the tables and put all the food out. You also take out the hats, shakers, and noise makers for the guests. You are constantly bustling about during this time, trying to make everything go smoothly for an enjoyable holiday. After the festivities are over, you still have many things to do. You have to wash the dishes, put away the left-over food, and clean up after the mess left by the party, the opening of the presents, etc. You also have to juggle this while completing the daily housework.
Vacation is a time for relaxation and fun. Unfortunately, for adults, it involves work. You have to plan the vacation, book a hotel and a means of transportation, and pack all the necessary clothes and toiletries for the whole family. You also have to let the neighbors, the security system company, and the mail company when and how long you will be gone. On the day you leave, you wake up all the kids and drive to the airport. You watch the time constantly to make sure you arrive with plenty of time. Once you arrive at your destination, you find a taxi and head to the hotel. There you plan the rest of the day: where to go, where to eat, etc. Afterwards, you find activities for the family. If you go to Disney World, even more work is involved. You plan which parks to go to. You plan what restaurants to eat at. On the day you hit a park, you gather the tickets, make sure everyone puts sunscreen on, and find transportation. At the park, you constantly watch the kids, push the stroller, hold onto the prizes, and walk around. You buy the tickets for the rides, wait in line, and entertain the children. You continuously move about during vacation, with no time to rest and enjoy.
Reflecting on Childhood and Boredom
With no time for relaxation, adults often reflect back on their childhood. They remember constantly complaining about having nothing to do because they have an abundant amount of free time at their disposal. In order to fight of periods of boredom, they require constant entertainment. They play sports, watch movies, play games, etc. These are all the things adults do for children to prevent boredom. At one time, they provided fun and enjoyment for them at a young age. Now, as an adult, it means work. After recalling moments from their childhood, they realize how things changed. Before, as children, they wanted to go out and play with their friends. They did not want to read books, relax outside, or go on walking. All those things brought boredom. Now, they wish they could sit and relax out on the deck, put their feet up, read a new book, or get some exercise. They welcome the chance at experiencing boredom. It means free time. No work. No driving. No housework. Nothing. Just your thoughts and the peace and quiet.
After waking up, getting dressed, and grabbing a cup of coffee, you head out the door and towards your car. Sliding into the front seat, you put the key into the ignition and start the engine. As you head into work, your mind focuses on all the paperwork that needs done for the day. Sighing, you glance at the clock. It reads 7:00 A.M. Another sigh leaves your mouth as you realize how long you will be at the office. Upon reaching your desk, you quickly slump into the chair and close your eyes. Counting the seconds that pass, you slowly open your eyes. After glancing at the stacks of paper littering the desk, you start to work. As the piles decrease, you find yourself constantly looking at the clock. Time seems to pass slower with the amount of work that increases. All you want is a few moments of relaxation. You start to even want a moment of boredom. At least that means you have some free time. Knowing that work will not end for a while, you concentrate on the paperwork in front of you. Finally, you reach the last piece of paper. You check the clock and discover work is over. A sigh of relief passes through your lips as you gather your things and head out the door. Upon coming home, you quickly head inside and change. Realizing there is a list of things needed done around the house, you grumble in frustration. How you wish to experience a moment of boredom, a moment of free time. Your wish seems only like a dream as work keeps piling up at the office and at home. The evening goes by quickly as you run around the house doing laundry, cleaning, etc. The children need help with their homework, so you spend an hour solving the problems. Afterwards, you spend another hour cooking dinner. Once you finish dinner and wash the dishes, it is time for the children to go to bed. After getting ready for bed and kissing the children good night, you head downstairs and get last minute things ready for tomorrow. Looking at the clock, you realize it is time to go to sleep. The day passed by without a chance of experiencing boredom. If only you could have a moment of free time. Sadly, you will have to wait till tomorrow. After heading into your bedroom and climbing under the covers, you shut your eyes and wish for boredom to strike tomorrow. This thought continues to echo in your mind as you fall asleep.
As an adult, you deal with the daily workload at your job and house. The holidays and vacations involve constant work as well. There is no time to sit down and take a breath. As you continue to deal with no relaxation time, you start to appreciate the moments of boredom you faced during childhood. As a child, you needed to be constantly entertained with sports and different activities. Whenever you did not have these things to keep busy with, you felt bored. You didn’t want to sit outside, read a book, take a walk, etc. Growing up changes your perspective on things. Now, you look forward to sitting on the deck, reading a novel, or taking a slow, refreshing walk by yourself. You welcome the chance to experience boredom. It means you finally have free time. You can sit, relax, and do nothing. No work to finish. No places to go. No housework to deal with. You can enjoy the peace and quiet.