Existential Boredom

Existential Boredom

dho assembly, tibet, existential boredom

Dho Assembly in the Potola Palace, Tibet

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time ~ Marthe Troly-Curtin

So existential boredom is a term I thought I came up with, unfortunately after doing a little research I’ve come to realize that I wasn’t the first to get there.  Happily, the definition I’ve read isn’t too far off from the one I’d imagined.  Essentially, I use this term to describe the idea that the passion has gone from someone’s life.  Most of the definitions I read connect this mood to the idea that you have decided that life is pointless or meaningless.  To me, that idea seems a little too freshman philosophy class and way too depressing.

For me existential boredom is where I find myself right now, I have a great life, people who care about me, good health, sufficient finances to do the things I want to do and a good job.  I also count myself lucky for my time with you my friends and the opportunity to help a bit with other people’s happiness.  My existential boredom is that right now I don’t have anything I truly feel passionate about.  I have a range of things I enjoy, but nothing that is the first thought when I wake up in the morning, the last at night.

I liken it to someone you go out on a couple of dates with, you have a good time but they just don’t flip that switch, drive you too insanity.  So right now that is the thing I’m looking for to add to my happiness, to find that one thing I can be truly passionate about each and every day.

This is the one aspect of Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project

that I really admire, that once she identified the reality that the, “days are long and the years are short,” she attacked her life with purpose.  I continue to work toward that same process and hopefully sharing my journey can help you with yours.

In starting down this new path I found a piece in the most unlikely of places that I really like and seems to be a helpful starting point, check it out.  Five Creativity Exercises to find your Passion

And as always, have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

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About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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