BOREDOM—The Superpower everyone ignores.

We all feel bored not just sometimes but usually almost every day. The way out is YouTube scrolling or Instagram feeding. It’s done automatically and subconsciously now.
We can’t sit quietly and do nothing, though this is what philosophers or spiritual gurus say.

We search endlessly on Netflix or Prime to watch some weird Tv show or Productive lazy bugs jump into books or cheap intellectual talks.
The List is endless.

As Albert Camus in The plague remarks—
“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”

What we don’t understand is boredom is this mysterious force that comes onto you to shake up your life in little ways. But every day we brush it off. The result is we never tap and get on with it.

Well, not anymore. Here’s why

  • 1)Boredom puts your busy brain on a pause.

In this digital and social media age, we are constantly being hit by news, celebrity gossips, ads, and life-advice videos that are simply overwhelming us.

With no time to take a pause, we are losing the right headspace to these bots and algorithms. In the end, we over-fire our neurons and blast our heads with overloaded engagements.

That’s where boredom comes to the rescue. It can put you in sweet solitude protected by dopamine hits. Too much stimulation is hurting your body and mind like never before. Henry David Thoreau could go into the woods but we cannot in our concrete jungles.

If we can use boredom and stay with it instead of binge-watching and binge hitting clicks on phone, it can heal you.

It’s high time we listen to Thoreau advice—


“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

  • 2)Boredom makes you a creative genius.

Sandi Mann, a senior psychology lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK says boredom is an essential part of the creative process and should be applied to our day-to-day lives.

Boredom allows mind-wandering and that’s when creative juices flow like the mighty Nile river. And when you are bored, there’s no pressure on you to meet your self imposed ideals. You simply don’t care and trust me that create miracles.

Here’s what famous Neil Gaiman says about boredom—

“You have to let yourself get so bored that your mind has nothing better to do than tell itself a story – Neil Gaiman.”

His advice for upcoming writers is to get bored and embrace that crushing boredom to kickstart that never-ending novel that you are planning to write.

  • 3)Boredom means you don’t like something.

Boredom is a reflective-contemplative mirror that’s showing that probably you don’t like something.
If you are bored in the office, then it means the work is not exciting for you.

It means boredom is asking to pursue what you like. It has pulled you out of the matrix. But we engage in what Danckert and Eastwood call—“Maladaptive remedies,” like couch surfing, abusing drugs and alcohol or go out for some adventures like skydiving or trekking mountains.

It’s a wake-up call that you need to hear. Not a distract-yourself call that you need to engage. Hence they advice neither to mask it nor try to outrun it.

As Jon Kabat-Zinn says—when you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting.


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