“I am bored to death with it. Bored to death with this place, bored to death with my life, bored to death with myself”.
Well that’s what Lady Dedlock, the tragic character in Charles Dickens’ fabulously dark tale of lies, betrayal, murder, interminable legal wranglings, suicide and general misery says in Bleak House!
I don’t say that myself you understand…but just say if……errrr……I did know a friend who might say that then what would you suggest they do to get out of such a blue funk? Yes a blue funk.
Boredom. Boredom, boring, boring, bored. Bored, bored, bored.
Wow, boredom is really catching isn’t it Bob! Normally we don’t get that bored here at intertwit.com because we’re always busy with all of our utter nonsense but sometimes we can’t help doing a bit of navel-gazing when we’re quiet and alone in our fortress of solitude\bedsit. But being bored isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you use it as period of rest, reflection and indeed relaxation.
However, there’s a lot of big-brained sorts who have had a lot say about boredom over the years and you don’t have to read between the lines too hard to find out some of them are not over keen on the whole concept!
Look at Arthur Schopenhauer getting all serious on us:
“Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom”.
…he really doesn’t seem that happy does he?
Mind you that Danish philosopher, funster and all round jolly old cove Søren Kierkegaard doesn’t mince his words either…
“Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings”.
That’s some pretty heavy sh*t from Søren there. We reckon he needs to spend a couple of hours down his local Copenhagen Mikeller bar.
And here comes little Freddie Nietzche weighing in with his 2 pfennigs…
To escape boredom, man works either beyond what his usual needs require, or else he invents play, that is, work that is designed to quiet no need other than that for working in general.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Human, All Too Human
He’s obviously not been down to the London Stadium in the past 2 ½ years….
We prefer nutso Iggy Pop’s relatively sanguine take on boredom though and we bet he’s having a good time really!
I am sick!
I am sick of all my kicks!
I’m sick of all the stiffs, I’m sick of all the dips, I’m sick!
I’m sick when I go to sleep at night, I’m still sick in the broad daylight,
‘Cause I’m bored!
I’m the chairman of the board!
Iggy Pop – I’m Bored
We reckon though, if you’re going to sing about being bored then this little tune by Bay Area Filipino-Californian Thrash legends Death Angel is the one
Life it’s not so fair
Nothing here and nothing there
I’m waiting constantly
It’s not the way life’s meant to be
Boredom starts to set
I try so hard but it’s all I get
Keep waiting all the time
I think I’ve reached
The end of the line
Death Angel – Bored
How does this help you though Bob? Well admittedly not that much really so that’s why we’ve set out 13 suggestions and diversions you could employ to fill those periods of time when you’re not at work or down the pub.
- Work more
- Go down the pub more
- Read a book like “Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever” or “Love and Dr Devon” by Alan Titchmarsh. You might have to be dead rather than just plain bored to want to read these but they’d keep you occupied while you ripped them up and started a small fire
- Learn to play a musical instrument. Start with something simple like a penny whistle or tuba and work your way up to pedal steel guitar, timpani drums or harp
- Write some nice prose or a bit of poetry. Try and keep it a bit more refined than “There was a young man from Nuneaton…”
- Run about a bit or play some sport or something where you have to wear lycra or a pair of shorts\headband
- Do a bit of painting or some general DIY in the house. Put up a shelf and generally make a nuisance of yourself with a hammer
- Go for a nice walk
- Get yourself a pet like a cat – any size up to a leopard will do. They are relatively low maintenance apart from the feeding bit and some days they’ll ignore you completely and then on others they might sit on your head all day as they’re feeling a bit needy.
- Become an important vlogger and influencer. We actually don’t know what these characters do but they appear to be all the rage in their Emperor’s new clothes and money for old ropism
- Go down the pub again
- …That’s it
Some great ideas there I’m sure you’ll agree Mr Munkee and even if you hate all of our suggestions it may inspire you (or your friend) to think of one of your own using your own brain! Brilliant!
Now be about your business with all haste and rid yourself of your blue funk!