The boredom of childhood was nothing like adulthood’s. Back then, boredom was simply a matter of physical space: stuck at home with nothing to do, or at the hairdresser’s waiting for Mum. If I complained, she would offer me a mop. “Some of us don’t have the luxury of being bored,” she would say. Soon, I realised boredom was more about mental space. I filled my mind with books, films and the internet. But the adults complained I never stuck to anything; not dance club, or book club, or the short-lived dance book club led by a community centre volunteer who hated dance and books and, likely, life. “I don’t get bored easily,” I’d say. “I’m just interested in other things.” A university lecturer on Flaubert’s Madame Bovary said boredom is a sign of imminent artistic explosion. I clung to the notion. By then, my main boredom trigger was people – the exercise-obsessed friend, the date unable to talk about anyone but himself. I would fret: if interesting people are so because of their interests, are boring people so because of their boredom? If I am bored, am I boring? I couldn’t think of anything worse. This week I found… Read full this story
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