Words to Live By: Boredom

hogfather-2I think all of us have read something or heard something that changed our lives or the way we look at things. So I’m going to start sharing some quotes that have made a difference in my life. The first one comes to you via Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather from the character of Death:

Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.

This quote has hugely impacted the way I live my daily life. I never let myself say “I’m bored,” anymore, and I remember using it a lot before I heard this quote. Life is full of wonders, and thanks to the Internet, we have the world at our fingertips. There is never any reason so be bored – there is simply too much to do! If I ever feel bored, I take it upon myself to do something about it, either by reading, writing, working, going on a walk, playing a game, something. tumblr_lwzn9bW5ui1qm4akto1_500It doesn’t always have to qualify as “productive,” but it is at least something. At the end of a person’s life, most wish they had more time. But how much of the time that we have do we waste being bored? Make the most of your time!

No one was more surprised than me just how much this quote resonated with me. If you haven’t seen Hogfather, I highly recommend it (I haven’t read the book, so I don’t know if it also has that quote or not). It is a Christmas movie and also stars Michelle Dockery as Death’s daughter. She is really awesome in it.

What about you? What quotes do you live by?