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From: Relevant Magazine – Kristin Tennant

It’s OK To Be Bored

Why it’s important to leave space for … absolutely nothing.

Can you remember the last time you were bored? And I don’t mean bored in a scanning-Instagram-while-waiting-for-a-friend sort of way, but truly bored—with nothing to do.

I was great at boredom as a kid. “I’m bored!” was probably the most common of the slightly whiny phrases my parents put up with. But now, that feeling I dreaded as a kid—of flat, empty, unchanging time creeping by like a stretch of Nebraska interstate—fascinates me. I know what it’s like to pass time being lazy or frivolous, but I can’t imagine what it would feel like now to be truly bored.

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Time has been on my mind a lot lately. As a bill-by-the-hour freelancer, I can’t help but see time as a commodity—something that’s saved, spent, invested and wasted. I even wrote a recent post for RELEVANT suggesting “better” ways to “waste time.”

But lately, in the midst of all this time analysis, with the calendar pages flying away like a scene in an old movie, I’ve started to wonder: Are we thinking about time in the wrong way? Do Americans ignore one of the most important things we should be doing with our time: nothing?

Boredom: A new framework for time… Read More Here!

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