Lost, Bored, Me, You and the Universe

Posted: January 4, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Growing up I got bored and being a child I vocalized this boredom to my parents. My mother, always the teacher, would respond to; “I’m booored” (imagine that in a whining 11 year old voice) with “only boring people get bored”.  Of course I left still bored and now upset that my parent did not attempt to entertain me but I left and found constructive ways to entertain myself and now, many years later when faced with ennui I find ways to enrich my life and remember my mother.

I think that a major part of being bored stems from a life that lacks purpose. Living isn’t that hared to do, for men and women who are healthy, so it can be easy to fall prey to boredom. The United States and the world as a whole live in a time with huge income inequality however even people living in poverty live lives that are far less a struggle than a 19th century industrial worker in North America. The fact that are work and lives are less of a struggle, may be part of the reason that, we find ourselves searching for purpose.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many who find themselves without a purpose, describe the state of mind as lost. I recently moved to a new house. I enjoy running in the morning and the neighborhood I moved to was not on my running app. I set out in the morning for a jog and began to consider, the consequences and of finding myself lost in my own neighborhood. I would obviously be embarrassed and probably late for work but I would eventually find my way back home. I began to wonder about the state of being lost. See, to be lost you have to be unable to find your way. Your way is something that is almost abstract isn’t it? Your way belongs to you and is defined by you and your purpose is the same.

To find ones purpose, the journey has to start through looking within oneself.  There was an incredible article I read in Popular mechanics that, outlined the  incredible challenge involved in mapping out the human brain. The challenge to map the human brain is great in part, because of the beautiful and complex nature of the human brain. You are incredible and not boring at all. This year I wish you luck in finding purpose and never being bored.


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