Personal Reflection

I Hate Being Bored

There’s something to be said for my hatred of boredom. I hate being bored. I’ll do just about anything if it means I’m doing something.

That explains why I also despise waiting. I try to do things while I’m waiting. Otherwise, I’d lose my mind.

But due to circumstances I didn’t see coming, I had to wait at the dentist for a while without anything to keep me occupied. I didn’t have pen or paper. I didn’t have a book. I didn’t have my phone.

So even though I felt a bit frustrated at first, I resorted to observing others.

I got to observe a father and son. Maybe a story will come out of it. Maybe not. I’ll have to add some kind of conflict or tension because the two were so happy. Meanwhile there was me being all bitter.

I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to handle parenthood, especially being a single mother. Although there wouldn’t be a dull moment in my life again if I had a kid to look after.

I kept thinking to myself why can’t I just sit and wait for a while? Because I don’t sit and wait ever.

I always feel like I should be doing something. I cannot not do anything. I feel weird and wrong doing nothing. I tried to relax. After all, there wasn’t much I could do. But to be honest I was anything but relaxed. I felt anxious. I felt I needed to be reading, writing, something.

Of course, I did a lot of thinking during the time. Part of me wishes I had a way of recording my thoughts then because I’ve forgotten them all now. I’d love to have some sort of technology to do that.

Of course, things worked out just fine. The world didn’t end. The sky didn’t fall.

Still, this isn’t an experience I’d like to repeat again. But it made me think about myself, about life in general.

Waiting at the dentist was almost as bad as watching paint dry.

Anyhow, this turned out to be one of the more interesting trips to the dentist I’ve had in a long time. That said, my last trip entailed running on about three hours of sleep right after an exam. That’s a story in and of itself.

Blogging

Why I Started Blogging

I started blogging almost four years ago. It’s tough and challenging, but I’ve enjoyed every moment.

Sometimes I like to remember why I created a blog in the first place, not to mention why I continue blogging.

I’m imagining fifteen year old me. She was probably bored all day long and in desperate need of something to do to pass the time.

Nineteen going on twenty me is only bored during class time and wants twenty-five hours in the day.

Funny the difference four years make.

Reading

15 Reasons To Read

There are many reasons why I read and maybe even more reasons why you read.

By no means is this an extensive list. Just the ones I could think of off the top of my head. Also, the list is in no particular order.

I read:

  1. To pass time.
  2. To escape real life.
  3. To lose myself in a story.
  4. To learn about different cultures, ideas, etc.
  5. To have fun.
  6. To be inspired.
  7. To practice empathy.
  8. To cure my boredom.
  9. To relax and unwind.
  10. To improve my writing.
  11. To remember I’m not alone.
  12. To give my body a break.
  13. To stimulate my mind.
  14. To encounter new characters and worlds.
  15. To get away from screens and technology.

Why do you read? Feel free to answer that question silently. Or loudly. Do as you please.

Productivity

September 2015: What I Love

I love Google Drive for many reasons.

In the interest of time, I won’t list them all.

However, the Keep Offline option has been a lifesaver this month.

Google Drive Keep Offline Function

It’s perfect for when you need to access a document or picture or what have you even if you aren’t connected to WiFi.

Just make sure to keep it offline first when you do have WiFi.

Google Drive Kept Offline Document

Yes, that is an old story I published already. You can read the full version here.

Being able to pull up a reading on the subway does wonders for curing my boredom and increasing my productivity. So I am indebted to everyone who made this feature possible.