Boredom

I’d heard that creativity can’t happen without a bit of boredom, but to be honest, I was skeptical. Granted, I’m not someone who is glued to my phone, which, combined with social media, is supposedly the true creativity killer. I’m just someone who feels that time shouldn’t be wasted, so I try to make the best use of it.

I call this being productive.

But, recently, I had a day in which I didn’t have a lot going on. I wouldn’t necessarily say I was bored, but my mind was more or less unoccupied. What I found was that my mind began to gush like an oil geyser.

I came up with my first journal entry in months (this one). And I was able to solve two significant problems in film projects that had hit a bit of a snag. But that’s not all. I also wound up creating a loose outline for a short that had been rolling around in the back of my mind for months without a spark of inspiration.

Whereas I wasn’t sitting around all day just letting these ideas come to me, I was what I’d refer to as approachable. In other words, I was available for mental stimulation. I had space in my brain to create because I wasn’t clouding my thoughts with tweets or likes or whatever.

So, as I said, my mind started gushing like an oil geyser, and I was primed to rig up the ol’ pumpjack and suck my head dry. And that’s just what I did. Although I still think creativity can happen without boredom, it sure doesn’t hurt.

photo: Jeff W