Chatting with my students, I reminded them I didn’t have google nor a cell phone and, if I needed to look up information, I had to walk to the library and figure out the card catalogue. (Of course, I added the obligatory “walk ten miles in the snow up hill both ways”).
One said, “Wow, you must have been so bored.”
I smiled a moment, thinking back. “Actually, I wasn’t.”
While I’m sure there were times I spent an afternoon whining about boredom, we learned to do things to entertain ourselves. And, well, mostly mine was writing.
I don’t think I’d be a writer today if I had a cell phone, a computer, and google. I think I would be, like many people today, too distracted to focus on creating other worlds and investigating the motivations of people/characters.
I worry my students are too distracted to become the best people they can be or do the best work they can do.
I’m not a troglodyte by any means; however, will we ever be as productive as we can be if we don’t learn to look too quickly for outside entertainment instead of within ourselves to be creative?
I guess I’m saying, boredom can be good for you. Daydreaming, thinking, and spending an afternoon lounging without distraction can be helpful to a writer. We need to allow our minds wander sometimes, see where they go; keep your mind from distraction, turn off the tele, the cell, the computer, and be inhibited by the lack – your mind will rebel and it will begin to create.