In many ways, we should feel a level of gratitude for being bored. Let’s face it: boredom is a symptom of the Western world. Most of us have very little problems as we have a roof over our heads, our health is in good order, there’s food is on the table, we have clothes on our backs, and our jobs aren’t as bad as these ones.
With that being said, being bored in life can get you down and make you feel complacent. By constantly being bored, you’re simply going through the motions and just waiting until you die. It may be morose, but it’s the truth.
Again, being bored also equates to nothing bad happening in your life.
Boredom is also a symptom of saying ‘no’ to everything that comes your way. A friend of yours invited you to an opera on a Tuesday night, but you declined. An acquaintance had two tickets for a skydiving lesson, but you turned it down. Your brother and sister offered to take you along for their road trip across the state/province, but you graciously rejected the offer citing work.
Saying ‘no’ all the time isn’t fun. It can be a major drag on your own existence. Since our lives are relatively uncomplicated over here in the West, we can oftentimes forget what it’s like to live by our wits, getting by on our own accord, and fighting out of precarious situations. This is why we must begin to say ‘yes’ to everything, even if it’s just for one day, one week, one month or one year.
Why? Well, here are five reasons why you should start saying yes to everything:
1. You create new memories
By saying ‘no’, you are essentially deciding to stay home, watch television, and then go to bed; doing this on a regular basis will only lead to boredom and continuity. However, once you begin to say ‘yes’, you will create new memories, and then look back at them and have a chuckle. Let’s be honest: you won’t be producing memories and experiences by sitting on the sofa in your underwear watching sports.
2. You experience life
It may be cliché to say, but you won’t be on your deathbed telling yourself, “I should’ve worked more,” “I should’ve watched more television,” and “I should’ve slept more.” In fact, it’ll be quite the opposite – that is if you maintain the status quo. By saying ‘yes’, you will get to experience the fun out of life prior to your death.
We usually have a bucket list of things we want to do before we die, but we sometimes get too old to do those things or we suddenly die. The earlier you check off each item on your list, the better.
3. You meet new people with different interests
A part of life is getting to know new people. With seven billion people on this glorious planet, you can meet a lot of interesting, diverse individuals with various thoughts, dreams and desires. When you say ‘yes’ to invitations, requests and whims’ then it’s quite possible you can meet them. Sure, the characters you watch on TV may be interesting, but you can meet real people in real life by saying ‘yes’.
4. You test your limits
It’s no secret that when you say ‘yes’ to everything, you may get yourself into some quite befuddling situations. This isn’t a bad thing because you then get to test your limits, your boundaries, and your smarts. For instance, if you decide to go hiking but then you get lost, do you make the decision to turn back or continue moving forward? Most of us never test our limits because we’re afraid to test them in the first place.
5. You create opportunities for yourself
In the hit ’90s sitcom Seinfeld, George Costanza decides to do the opposite of what he usually does. Instead of having tuna on toast with coffee, he has chicken salad on rye with tea. Rather than not approaching a woman, he decides to introduce himself to her. During a job interview with the New York Yankees, he’s brutally honest which works out very well for him.
Doing the opposite of saying ‘no’ may very well generate brand new opportunities: health, romance, careers, money, and excitement. It may be hard to swallow, but maybe you should start being like George.
Life and human beings are terrific things in this universe. From the moment we are born until the moment we pass away, there are endless opportunities to go through, limitless moments to experience, and eternal memories to relish in. Unfortunately, when you say ‘no’ too many times, you never get to witness what life is all about. So, start doing the opposite of your daily routine and you’ll perhaps be more grateful of what life and people have to offer.