A lack of external stimuli
March 12, 2021
How long can we cope with boredom? Two or three days? Maybe a week or a bit more? I think that any of these options may be more than enough to acknowledge that being absorbed by tedium is one of the most frustrating feelings one can have. Now imagine one whole year.
Even with the few in-between cheery gaps of 2020 when humanity grabbed a glimpse of normality, what prevails, at this moment, is an endless sum of emptiness, apathy and a sensation of so much that has been lost.
As much as we come to realize that we are closer to an end than when the world started going mad one year ago, it’s just hard to fight against tedium when routines are shaped by Zoom meetings and quick stops at the organic market. Perhaps at the wine shop too.
No matter how much you say that your digital routine is busier than ever, I guarantee that it lacks excitement, wonder and, sometimes, motivation. Motivation to pursue new goals: with so much prevention and restrictions, our ability to look forward and project ourselves towards an exciting future becomes reduced to a point of jadedness. Therefore boredom.
All of a sudden I understand why the ones who rely upon external stimuli in order to create and be creative - just like myself - seem to struggle to feel encouraged to move forward. Wait a minute: forward where?
It turns out that human beings are not programmed to live for the present moment only. To feel excited and keen about the coming days, when we know these can be dynamically unfolded, is an essential drive we simply cannot live without.
It’s Friday morning and a slight monotony hovers in the air. For the first time the TGIF motto doesn’t play a leading role in my week anymore!