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When you're bored

"There are no uninteresting things. Only uninterested people."

G.K. Chesterton

It seems that many athletes are feeling more bored than usual lately.

As an athlete, you keep a rigorous schedule.

Going to school, school activities, homework, and club sports usually fill much of your day.

But times have changed, at least for now.

Many of you find yourselves feeling bored.

Thinking that this boredom has descended upon you and that you are at its mercy.

You try to busy yourself, doing meaningless tasks you also find uninteresting.

It is possible you even think it’s better to sit on the couch scrolling social media than to sit on the couch doing “nothing.”

Boredom leaves you desperately searching for someone or something to entertain you.

I have great news for you.

The reason you feel bored has nothing to do with your new circumstances.

It is always caused by a thought.

“There is nothing to do.”

“I’m so bored.”

“It doesn’t really matter.”

“I already know this.”

Boredom is dangerous.

It creates a sense of emptiness and frustration at the same time.

Initial awareness around feeling bored can be great to encourage you to take action.

But more often than not it is easier to wait for someone else to solve the problem for you.

Giving your power away to something outside of you provides a temporary relief from that responsibility in the moment. But it doesn’t really give you the result you want.

The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you will be.

You can truly choose to be interested in anything. Even while sitting still and doing “nothing.”

Being bored is nothing more than a choice.

Your mind is fascinating. Start there.

You might be surprised at how interesting you actually are.

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