Lesson #10: If you’re bored, you’re boring

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We all know the feeling- damn I have no idea what to do with myself. You might think Thailand is one adventure after the next, but turns out Thailand has thrown a lot of down time at me. Recently I have been feeling pretty uninspired, cooped up in the little office where I work, when I’m not teaching my go to activity has been napping. Lame.

So I decided to create a list of things to do (cause hey writing a blog post kept me from falling asleep). So if you have the winter blues, ants in your pants, or if you’re like me and can’t seem to keep your eyes open, then enjoy. I hope that you find something that strikes your fancy or better yet gets your own creative juices flowing!

Educate yourself- 

  • Check out MIT’s opencourseware, free online course material. http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
  • Listen to TED talks. http://www.ted.com/talks
  • Read. “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo,                                     “The Geography of Bliss” by Eric Weiner.
  • Take the Meyer Briggs personality test http://www.myersbriggs.org

Get artsy- 

 Inspire yourself- 

  • Come up with your own personal mantra. Turn it into a poster and hang it on your door, so that you see it before you start everyday. Here’s mine- “Delight your senses. Open your heart. Frazzle your mind. Exceed your expectations.”
  • Here’s one of my favorites- sit down and write down 100 goals in 20 minutes. The time limit means that you don’t have time to monitor yourself, just time to spill whatever comes into your head.
  • Create a vision board.
  • Write a love letter to yourself.

Work on that six pack that’s hidden under your shirt (or your fat)- 

  • Get on the floor and do some good old fashion push up’s and sit ups. Make your abs burn.
  • Go to fratmusic.com, and let the rapidly changing music be your workout inspiration (normally for a good old college power hour, but this is the healthier option).
  • Do yoga.
  • Put on your party pants and dance.

Entertain yourself- 

  • Post old school pictures of you and your friends on Facebook- then check obsessively for notifications to start pouring in.
  • Here’s a fun challenge: see how many names you can write down of people you have kissed.
  • Try peeling a banana with your toes.
  • Watch a good movie. Some winners I have seen recently: Dead Man Walking and Proof
  • Scratch your arms and legs- I swear it feels good.
  • Google people that you know.

Connect-

  • Help a friend- I started working at the convenience store in the Thabo hospital because my co-worker and friend recently purchased it at an auction. Re-shelving snacks isn’t particularly exciting, but knowing that I’m lessening her work load and finding a new way to practice my Thai is a great payoff!
  • Write someone a good old fashion letter, slap a stamp on it, and send it on its way.
  • Call a friend that you have been missing but have been too busy to connect with
  • Listen to peoples stories

Get lost on youtube-

Go on vacation for free- 

  • Write a walking tour of your town. What would you want a visitor to see if they had just a few days to explore where you live?
  •  Look for geocaching sites around where you are, if you don’t know about geocaching here is your chance to find out:  http://www.geocaching.com
  • Take your camera and photograph the ordinary things that you see every day.
  • Heres a simple one, go somewhere you have never been; a restaurant, a neighborhood, a store, a new street, etc.

Start writing- 

  • Start an observation journal- anytime your bored open it up, sit down in a public space and write about what you see, hear, smell, write down tidbits of conversations, its better than any photo you could possibly take.
  • Write a 6 word memoir.
  • Start a blog.
  • Update your resume (you know you need to).
  • Write a letter to yourself in twenty years, seal it up and write the date of when you plan to open it on the front.
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