Musings on Unecessary Idlesness

Today’s training – 2x10min kettlebell – adding to 400 swings, with downward rows to recover, 30min swim, 30 min pool jog, 20min cycle

I write this sitting in the library cafe, hoping that the twenty minutes till my seminar will pass quickly. Quite simply, I have no work I can get on with until I get my essay feedback, I have twenty minutes to kill; I am bored.

On writing the above, it struck me that in many ways, boredom, is a non-emotion, a non-feeling. Furthermore, it is a non-entity that I don’t believe any healthy young (or old, for that matter) person should expose themselves too. Ignoring my slightly dodgy ankle, I am in near perfect health. I have a life ahead of me to plan, to think, to do. It seems almost arrogant of me to ever waste a minute contemplating boredom.

There are people who cannot walk, cannot leave their homes; there are those who are tucked up in hospital beds, probably imagining all the beautiful things they might be doing if they could only escape the confinement of their own body. I can’t imagine anything more frustrating. I take my frustration at not being able to run, and try to multiply it by enough to make it even come close; I can’t find a multiple that does the job except infinity. This is why I have no right to boredom.

I think it best to use every minute of my life I can. In this time, this simple twenty minutes I possess, I could wonder through the park outside uni, breath in the cold chill and let it fill my head with the future. I could buy myself a coffee (cappachino, I’ve worked hard today – could do with some milky nutrition!), and take pleasure in the swirl of chocolate on top, and the rich aroma of foreign beans. I could take a plunge into the world of google, wiki something new, and expand my mind in one little area that I’ve left uncovered. Or, as I have, I could take a few minutes to realise how very lucky I really am; maybe I could even inspire someone else to do the same.

Boredom is completely unnecessary idleness, it’s a waste of time in a life which could only be fleeting. Whatever you do – thinking, acting, planning – use your life, use your body; it’s a gift, and it’s ungrateful to let gifts go to waste.

Anyway, if you’re really, really bored – be productive. Grab a kettlebell – 200 swings, or failing that, drop and give me 200 press ups. Or, take a look at ‘8 Minute Abs/Legs/Buns’ on you tube – not only absolutely hilarious – but you’ll never see 8 minutes as time worth wasting ever again!

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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