Being ok with feeling bored will be your secret superpower. Here’s how:

Alex Mathers
3 min readJun 7


It’s like I’m uninspired.

I’m not particularly angry. I just have this urge not to be here. Or there, for that matter.

It’s a kind of malaise.

Brush teeth, work, eat, brush same teeth, sleep, repeat.

With all that is available to do and see in this fascinating world, I can’t figure out why it’s there.

Where did it come from?

Am I a spoiled brat for complaining?

I just feel so…how can I say it…?


We all feel bored sometimes.

I feel it plenty.

For some, it’s too often to be normal.

In reality, boredom is a friendlier mask worn by it’s more domineering form: Fear.

We’re surrounded by seemingly endless cures to this discomfort. Films, games, social media hits, stimulations of all shapes, tastes, and varieties.

Often, because we can’t bear the sensation for even a few minutes, we do things that feel good fleetingly, but once we’re done, we’re back to that feeling.

We feel the same lethargy when we’re back in the ‘real’ world. We feel it with an added dash of shame at the energy we lost to time.

Drinking, partying, eating pastries, smoking, binge TV.

A little indulgent entertainment and a few vices in moderation sure feel good. They help add some spice to life.

But they won’t put an end to that silent thread of bored frustration in the wider picture.

Beyond covering your bases of rest, eating enough, and having your minimum social-interaction needs met, the cure for boredom, and in fact, most of our malaise, is play.

If you’re bored, you aren’t playing.

What do we mean by ‘play’ here?

Play is exploring things without expecting, grasping or wishing for anything.

It is moving; taking action without being crystal clear on where you’re going next.



Alex Mathers

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