In my work to help people get off drugs and alcohol, I keep hearing “boredom” cited as a reason for substance abuse. A lot of self-destructive behaviours are motivated by boredom – when life seems meaningless and no longer interesting, we seek out ways to inject more fun, danger, madness into our lives.
Why do our lives become so boring? The question we need to ask first is, why do we become bored with life?
Human beings by nature seek stimulation, because we seek to grow. Without stimulation, there can be no growth. Stimulation implies movement, and growth is a movement. Our deepest core is made up of a vibrant and creative energy that is alive all the time. This is the core of who we really are. Stagnation of any kind dampens our spirit and kills the passion in us. We feel bored so we seek new experiences and in the process we enrich our lives and grow through the experiences.