Well, today I want to answer the question, "What does it mean if you're bored?" Because I think IN SOME CASES it has a deeper meaning, that can actually point to a longer-lasting issue with how you're feeling about life! Maybe that sounds a little harsh or dramatic, but I just have some things I want you to ask yourself the next time you're bored!
Maybe it sounds silly to be asking yourself such a grand question when you're just bored for a minute, but, guess what?
I typed into Google, "What does it mean if you're bored?"
And one of the first things that came up was THIS definition of the word boredom:
"Boredom can be defined as inability to experience the current moment in a fulfilling way."
That really made me think, because it sounded pretty SERIOUS. "Inability to be fulfilled?" That sounds more like something associated with depression, right??
In order to answer this question (and in order to answer our ORIGINAL question, "What does it mean if you're bored?"), take a look below:
– When you're bored, do you quickly find something to do or do you feel slow-moving all day?
– How do you feel when you're bored? Is it just the boredom you feel, or do you also feel sad, hopeless, angry, etc.?
– Is the reason you're bored because you lost interest in things that you used to not be bored by?
I ask these questions because, yes, boredom is certainly a normal part of everyone's life. No matter how busy you are, there's going to be some point you flip on the TV, and can't decide what to watch, and you feel bored! But it's important to connect with yourself a little bit more deeply in that moment and ask, "Is the reason I'm bored because I'm also not feeling fulfilled overall?"
So then, what does it mean if you're bored? That means you're living a normal life, and not everything is going to be exciting all the time! But if you find "boredom" happening often at work, while talking to people you care about, or while doing things you love…and that feeling of boredom seems pervasive, an indication of lacking fulfillment or direction in your life…then you really can't call that "boredom."
It's a deeper dissatisfaction, and I certainly don't want anyone feeling that way!
One thing I would say is that if you're feeling bored and restless, it may be because you don't feel enough control or direction over what is going on in your life. Like I said, the place that people feel bored at a lot of the time is work. What they're doing doesn't actually help people, isn't very active or interesting, and maybe they just feel like a cog in the machine. That would make anyone feel bored!