Some people seem to be in a state of boredom - always. They complain this work is boring, that job is boring or that subject is boring. But there are no boring subjects, places or jobs. There are only people who are bored. A person who is constantly bored becomes restless and has difficulty showing interest in anything.
We are aware that we are not tired when we do something we enjoy. A young boy may not be happy to help his parents but is glad to go out when a friend invites him to play a game he is interested in. Boredom is also the reason to some extent for teenage vandalism. Therefore, let us not ignore the serious effects of boredom.
To overcome boredom, it is necessary to cultivate curiosity. For example, when we try to talk to someone who does not respond to our conversation, it results in boredom. For some people, life is very dull and they never take an interest in the happenings around them. They never ask a question or explore new subjects. Nothing seems to awaken their enthusiasm.
Even when a subject is not of interest to us, it does not mean that we should switch off mentally. We may not be able to make any possible contribution to the subject under discussion, but the possibility of learning something new will be an advantage. A person living in a city can walk in the countryside and enjoy the wonders of nature, like the chirping of the birds or the panoramic scenery, and the selfless work of a simple craftsman.
When we meet and talk to people who have special knowledge and interest which we do not possess, it is an opportunity to enrich ourselves by learning something new. Therefore, it is necessary to keep up our enthusiasm and curiosity to avoid boredom.
Any hobby in which one is interested is also a sure way to avoid boredom. Once we stimulate our interest, that interest becomes inexhaustible since one discovery leads to another. There are always new subjects to learn, fresh points of view to be discovered.
A person who is least bored is one who can talk interestingly and intelligently on a wide range of subjects. He can join any conversation on subjects like current affairs, art, music, literature and modern trends in science, inventions and new technology. For this, one must read the papers for articles on a variety of subjects written by experts.
We should develop our power of observation. We should not miss the beauty and life around us. Life is full of interest to those whose mind is receptive. We should set a challenging goal and show interest to reach it. This makes life interesting and inspiring. We should not develop a tendency to take shortcuts or easy ways. That means there is no height, no depth that the spirit of man cannot reach. We should live at a higher level of physical, mental and spiritual aspirations.
We should develop personal relationships. People are most fascinating in our surroundings if we take an interest. There is none from whom one cannot learn something. If we are genuinely interested in people, we are never bored.