Have you ever had a day off and struggled to find things to fill it? I recently read the results of a study that suggested that boredom could be a risk factor for premature death.
Personally, I tend to become extremely interested in an activity for a while and to really immerse myself in it. Then, my interest wanes and I go back to complaining that I have nothing to do. That's not really living, is it?
I'm off of work for the President's Day holiday today. I worked out this morning and spent a couple of hours this afternoon shopping with my sisters for a surprise birthday party we're planning for my mother. I returned home around 2:30 pm and stared at my computer screen blankly for some time, wondering what I should do with the rest of my afternoon. I thought about taking a nap -- oh, how I love naps -- but thought that would be a dreadful waste of time, especially since I wasn't tired. I realized I hadn't practiced drawing in a while, something I've never been good at but one of the things I was briefly passionate about before my interest waned. So I found my art pencils, pulled out an art book that has been used only to decorate my coffee table for the past year, and drew for a while.
The point to this little story? Well, I wonder if anyone else has ever had time on their hands and found that they were completely bored and unable to find a way to entertain themselves. The thing is, it doesn't matter what you do to entertain yourself. It just matters that you DO SOMETHING! If you do nothing or if you sit around waiting for something to happen you must ask yourself -- am I really living life?