That was boring.
What a boring day.
When I hear someone talk like that I actually learn more about the person doing the talking than what they’re saying is boring.
I learn that some people need to be constantly entertained – that they believe that everything should be ‘fun’ – and really, since when is everything in life expected to be fun?
I learn that some people can’t figure out what to do with their time when their time isn’t managed for them by their employers, teachers, friends, spouses, etc.
I learn that some people don’t know what to do with quiet and have never spent time reflecting on anything.
I learn that some people don’t take responsibility for their ‘bored’ feelings. It’s always someone or something else’s fault as to why they’re bored – this town is boring, this school is boring, church is boring, blah, blah, blah…
When my kids have ever used the word bored or boring I say, “Bored people are boring people.”
Now I get that there may be things that aren’t of interest to us or may be on the dull, dry side – but if it’s something that has to be done, then we might as well get whatever value we can from it.
Maybe people who often find themselves bored need to reevaluate their life or situation. It could be that they are really looking for a major change – a new job, a change of routine, new hobbies or interests and that’s just how they express it.
But more often than not it comes off as just lame to hear someone whine, “I’m bored.”