ARE YOU LEADING A BORING LIFE
(Vinod Anand)

Do you feel your life is repetitive and boring? I can ‘see’ a lot of hands shooting up at the question. Same old, same old...

Beyond a point, we get used to everything — yes, even to the most exciting stuff, and life seems to take on a repetitive sameness that threatens to strangle us.
Cyberspace is flooded with people seeking ideas to help pep up their boring lives.

Suggestions range from cultivating hobbies, to making new friends, to varying one’s daily activities, or traveling and discovering the world. Of course, the ones who get bored the most are those who do not have to worry about where the next meal is coming from. For, it is only when our most basic needs are met that the mind allows itself the luxury to wander and demand variety.

We envy other people, their lifestyles and jobs, imagining we would be better off if we were in their place. However, the objects of our envy are probably going through the same distressing boredom in their own lives.

Traveling, wandering around, seeking out other people to kill boredom are all temporary ways of diverting one’s attention and varying the daily routine. Alcohol and drugs serve to cure depression, numbing the mind in the process rather than stimulating it. Remember, what you are seeking is not forgetfulness, but excitement that lasts and weaves its way into life, to enrich it further.

What you are looking for is not a hangover, but a sprightly morning with an exciting day stretching ahead of you. Rather than having time on your hands, you want it to seem like there isn’t enough time to do all citing and useful things you r wish to do.

One way to never get bored is to always be on the move — mentally and physically be active and dynamic Indulge in healthy hobbies, exercise and keep the mental juices flowing. Meet varied groups of friends, interact with people who stimulate your mind, keep physically active. Have dreams and set goals.

As soon as you approach one goal, set your sights on the next one. Always have something to look forward to. Keep raising the bar. The only place you can go to for excitement and for sparking innovation is not outside, but within your mind. The only way to keep life exciting and dynamic is through the mind— thoughts, ideas, innovation, etc.

Where else can you find scenarios changing by the minute and enjoy all kinds of experiences without having to actually travel anywhere? Where else but in the mind can your imagination help spark off creative ideas that can change the tenor of your life?

Thoughts are just about the only things that change constantly, keeping the mind forever exciting and excited. And the best fodder for our mind are engaging movies, good books and scintillating conversations — these help us engage with other creative minds, sparking off yet more ideas and excitement in our own lives.

There is nothing more exciting than new ideas which keep you moving.You hear so many people talk about the ‘purpose’ of their lives. What does that mean? Finding the purpose of your life, the reason you live, gives a new meaning to living.

It is not for nothing that some of the world’s richest people, such as Warren Buffet and Donald Trump — after making it to the top of the world’s Rich Lists — started giving away their wealth. They believe in helping the lesser privileged and giving back to society. Helping others gives a new meaning to life, leaving us with satisfaction and contentment.

Develop a passion. For example, one of my friends has varied interests that he has been following parallel to his career all through life. He gathers information, keeps news clippings, reads whatever he can and has become an authority of sorts on these subjects.

Whether or not he takes this any further, the fact remains that his passion has helped make his life richer and given an extra edge and meaning to every day of his life. Passion for something elevates life from the ordinary into the extraordinary realm. Passion gives excitement to life and grants huge success to people. Sachin Tendulkar declared that he would give up cricket if and when he lost his “passion for the game”.

If you perceive life to have a purpose and actively engage in thinking through and fulfilling that purpose, you wouldn’t ever find life boring.

The people who don’t get bored are the ones who themselves are not boring, because they have kept their minds active and their passion alive.
You should develop a passion and keep the mind engaged. It will surely elevate life from ordinary into the realm of extraordinary.

Author's Bio: 

VINOD K.ANAND: A BRIEF PROFILE

Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.