What bores you?
A former professor of mine said once that he had never experienced boredom. He said he supposed he knew what it must feel like; however, as for himself, he had never actually felt it.
This is quite a statement. A statement that differs drastically from my own experience. I often times find myself bored, if I am not consciously fighting against it. I have always, or at least as long as I can remember, have tried to keep my mind on more than one thing at any given time.
For example, I read multiple books at once. I will usually be reading anywhere from two to five books at one time. Usually the books are very different as well. So one may be a novel, one a theological treatise, one a history on the Old Testament . . . etc. There are times when a book will grab my attention and I will read it through without the distraction of another book.
I also enjoy doing multiple things. I am a “big picture” type of person. Details typically bore me. So, I like to have a few irons in the fire to hold my interest for very long.
I like to think of myself as following in the spirit of a Renaissance man. No, I’m not saying I am the reincarnation of Da Vinci, but I do enjoy having an aptness for different things. My mantra has long been perpetual learning. As long as I’m learning and growing, I can’t complain.
I think this is a benefit our culture has more or less lost. We tend to specialize. A man or woman is to do one thing and one thing only. You can’t be a doctor and a writer. Or a lawyer and a chemist.
It’s inherent in that old introductory question, What do you do for a living?
I like Eustace Conway’s reply, What do I do for a living? I live for a living!
A man or woman who is learned in more than one specialty will find there is always something to do.
Of course, there is a flip side to all this. The I know a little about a lot, but not a lot about anything syndrome.
There is a fine line between the two. But, I like the adventure of balancing it. Anything less would be . . . well, boring.