“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There’s no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker
I can’t remember the last time I was bored. I do, however, remember occasionally feeling bored as a child, especially during the long summer months, and I wonder how that could be? Perhaps it’s nature’s way of slowing down a child’s brain, to allow it to catch up with all of the information it’s collecting, because so much is new during those formative years.
I recall those times with clarity, when my best friend and I would roam the fallow fields around our homes collecting insects, following the Killdeer with their “broken wings” and looking for their nests (we never could find one) and exploring the pond and its many inhabitants. Then, when we were tired of it all, we’d climb to the top of an adjacent hill and just watch the puffy white clouds float by.
In any case, boredom isn’t even in my vocabulary now. There never seems to be enough time to do everything that needs to be done, let alone the things you want to do after you check off the items on that first list.
Despite the breakneck pace of today’s world, I try and remember to retain that feeling of curiosity as I go through my day. Even when I have deadlines piling up, I make sure that I take time to learn something new, even if it’s just a 10-minute video tutorial on photography or software or reading a news article.
When I was a kid, one of my nicknames was “Nose,” because I was so nosey. I guess even back then curiosity ruled my world, and it’s refreshing to think that over the decades at least something hasn’t changed!