Bored or boring?

“This is boring.” The young teenager was not impressed with Shakespeare’s fine work.

Mr. Carter, my junior high school
English teacher, asked, “Could it be that you are bored not because the material is boring but because you are boring?”

At the time I didn’t really get it. I appreciated the slap down, being the model student and all myself. Over the years I haven’t forgotten that exchange and I think on it often. I’ve never really known why.

Now, though, I think I finally get it. Mr. Carter was pointing out a universal truth. We are the source of our own way if being. We get to choose whether to be bored. And people who choose to be bored tend to be boring people.

So the next time you find yourself feeling bored, think about it. Are you bored or are you boring? Maybe both. Either way, cut it out. Nobody and nothing can make you be bored or boring.

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