BOREDOM.

You have no idea how easy it is to get bored.

It’s an odd phenomenon, especially in students. It seems like we simultaneously have no time for anything but also feel like there’s never anything to do. So we end up binge watching Netflix, checking our Facebook every five minutes, or cycling through the same websites in hopes of something new popping up. It’s crazy how much time we consume waiting to do something instead of actually doing it.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You think I’m here to tell you that your lifestyle is wrong, that you’re wasting away behind a computer screen, that you’re being unproductive and throwing away your life. I think we should do what we love and not hold back from it. So instead of telling you you’re wrong, I’m simply posing a question: are you actually doing what you love?

I’m going to bet that the answer is no, unless you love reading school-focussed (and kind of preachy) blog posts written by some unknown (yet strikingly handsome) fellow student. You’re just kinda going through the motions, looking at things, letting passivity take over you. And that’s cool, we all need to relax sometimes…but not all the time.

What do you love to do? What are your hobbies? What are you good at? When I ask people this, they always seem to say “Not much.” Why not? Maybe I’m biased, but I love hobbies: Whether its yo-yoing, playing pool, throwing a boomerang, making paper airplanes, I’m your guy. I recently picked up Rubik’s cubing, just because I can. Now, I’m not saying any of these things are easy (especially the paper airplanes) but the fact that I’ve been able to learn all of these things in the short time I’ve been at university simply proves that we have enough free time to do whatever we want to do, provided we put our minds to it. 

I recently downloaded a widget for Google Chrome to monitor my web usage, and in the last three weeks, I’ve clocked in almost 40 hours on Facebook and Youtube alone! That doesn’t count my time playing video games, watching TV, or just laying around on my phone, either. That’s 40 hours I could’ve spent doing what I love to do, or learning something I want to learn.  Don’t get me wrong, staying connected to friends and watching things you find interesting is important, but there has to be more to life than all of that stuff, right? I mean, I’m young, free, healthy (don’t forget handsome)…these are supposed to be the best years of my life! What am I doing sitting around, right?

All I’m saying is you have more time than you think you have, and provided you organize it properly, you can do whatever you want to. After all, in 10 years you’ll wish you started today, right? The best part is, because of the internet (which I know I’ve been talking badly about this whole time) we have all of the resources we need to start doing anything, too. Want to learn a skill? Youtube it. Want to read about something that interests you? Check an online database. Want to find out where something is? Google it.

Now, I don’t know you, but I do know that you’re awesome (after all, you’re reading my blog post). What this means is although I don’t exactly know what you’re into, I’m willing to bet that you’re into (or want to be into) something. So, here’s some hobby ideas:

  • Origami
  • Playing an instrument
  • Learn the Cats cradle string game
  • Bowling
  • Learn to whistle loudly
  • Rubiks Cube
  • Juggling
  • Breakdancing (Or some other form of dancing… But breakdancing is coolest)
  • Slacklining
  • Yoga
  • Learning Bird Calls
  • Knot tying (and other survival skills)
  • Crafts
  • Magic Tricks
  • Learn a new language
  • Write a blog (Maybe this one!)
  • Card games
  • Wittling
  • Chart your family history
  • Scrap booking
  • Volunteering (Dog walking is so fun!)
  • Meditation
  • Martial arts!

In fairness, these are all things I think are cool. On the other hand, I AM cool, so they must be cool too. Think about it.

Go have fun! You’ve got the time 🙂

– Justin