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You’re Bored? That’s So AWESOME.

December 3, 2014

So…I saw your tweet.

You’re “bored”?




I am…absolutely floored. Hopelessly lost in admiration!

You are everything I aspire to be.

Oh. Hold on.


Back. I had to go and check what “bored” meant, just in case the definition had changed recently, but no! It’s the same! In essence, you’re saying you sat there, with all the resources of the internet at your disposal, and you’ve run out of interesting things to do.

Which is just incredible.

You are amazing.


I mean, by being “bored”, you must have…

  •  Eagerly delved into everything Stanford, Harvard and Yale are offering up on iTunes, entirely for free – or lost your mind wandering around Coursera, which aggregates courses from some of the most famous universities in the world…
  • …before testing yourself on the basics – all the basics – with Memrise.
  • Mastered travel, all travel, so you don’t need these guys.
  • …and then did the same with Chez Pim‘s output  – with enormous emphasis on the Pad Thai.
  • Backed up every single photo and critical document you own…
  • …and then did it again, elsewhere, because you never know when the badsectorpocalypse will strike…
  • …and even went as far as protecting all your precious bookmarks & settings on your favourite apps by going portable and sending a backup a copy to your USB or cloud drive? (Find all this travel-tech stuff baffling? Here’s a reliable guide.)

Trees in Hornsea, East Yorkshire

  • Packed a bag, walked out your front door, caught a bus, caught another bus, caught yet another bus, and kept going until you ended up somewhere incredible? Because yes, it’s possible.
  • Explored the fringes of your vocabulary with Visuwords.
  • Read all The Morning News, then all of World Hum, then every scrap of archived material from Brain Pickings, rounding things off with the Paris Review. (Well done. You’ve read some of – and read about some of – the best writing on the Internet. Admirable way to spend a couple of decades. I applaud your dedication).


  • Read Lord Of The Rings yet again, except this time following the route in Barbara Strachey’s Journeys of Frodo (above), the Ordnance Survey of the fantasy world.
  • …and followed it up with a substantial dollop of TED-watching.
  • Grasped the fundamentals of the 6,000+ living languages of the world.
  • …and then somehow, against staggering odds, managing to fight your way through all 50 of these.

Hubble galaxies

  • Read this trilogy, while following  the real history of Newton, Liebnitz, Hooke, Louis XIV, William II and all of Stephenson’s “characters” in a real history-of-science book (say, this one), and pinpointed exactly where Neal Stephenson has stuck to the facts and where he has taken wild, anachronistic flights of fancy.
  • …and then written at least as many fiction and non-fiction books as Isaac Asimov.
  • Guess where in the world you’re looking at to within 100 miles, 10 times in a row, with GeoGuesser – or just randomly gone exploring with MapCrunch.

Inspiring Quote

  • Taken every “inspiring quote” in the spirit it was intended.
  • Sat outside and listened to the world – the birds, the weather, the bustle of humanity, the creak of your chair, the sound of your own breathing – until everything held absolutely zero novelty or interest for you. Go on. We’ll wait.
  • Learned how to paint a picture with food, like this, or this.
  • Addressed every lingering guilty regret, until you were satisfied you’d done absolutely everything you could to make amends, no matter how belatedly.
  • And finally (because it’s important to have a sense of proportion here) – you’ve followed every single link in every single issue of Aaron Bady‘s Sunday Reading series.
Not enough for you? Follow me on Twitter and I might be able to help further!


Shannon of A Little Adrift has rounded up a couple of cubic miles of free stuff here, some of which I’ve mentioned above, most of which I haven’t. Click this and you’ll never be bored again, but your head may explode. Your choice.

I mean, there’s other stuff – but let’s face it, doing these things really ate up your free time. You’re allowed a little slack!

And I don’t want to sound unreasonable, of course. Or bitchy.

Anyway, I’ll let you get back to being bored.

Because you, my friend, deserve it.

Images: Shermeee, Hubble Heritage, Mike Sowden.

I probably found less than half of these links on my own – so, my undying thanks to my big-brained friends for getting there first. I could never be bored with you around.

The original article can be found here, written by .

Hope you enjoyed such a motivational article on doing and living, instead of whining about being BORED!

Until next time…

~Hospitality Shero


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