What Are You Willing to Do to Stop Being Bored?
By Miriam Brait
What are you willing to do to stop being bored?
How far are you willing to go to exterminate those bleak hours from your life?
Boredom usually goes hand in hand with sadness and lethargy—no wonder we hate it so much.
We try to entertain ourselves. Some of us use social media, while others spend their evenings on Netflix.
But what happens when our old tactics no longer cut it?
There's a dark side to the idle mind. If you've ever been there before, you know that boredom is just one meager step away from depression.
Imagine waking up every day knowing you'll have to shower, get dressed, and drive to a job where you constantly watch the clock to see how much is left until 5 pm.
For some of us, weekends aren’t that fun either, and it seems that traveling seems to kill boredom only on Facebook.
Taking a selfie near a well-known location and exploring the fancy cuisine of a local restaurant that costs you 3 times as much as a regular meal at home.
Are we happy yet?
Some of us are. Luckily, some of us manage to rise to the top like bubbles.
However, for the rest of us, nothing seems moving enough.
So where do we turn?
What if there's something that can make you happy within seconds? What if there's a solution that doesn't require a college degree or years of experience?
What if I told you that America’s emptiness is filled with heroin and prescription pills?
Happy pills are no limited to the richest among us. A study conducted by Columbia University shows that boredom could be the root cause of drug usage in teens.
It turns out that anyone can buy artificial happiness for $10 per bag.
Do you still think boredom is harmless?
The Search for a Purpose
Boredom is often associated with a lack of direction.
If only we could fill our lives with more entertaining activities. If only we could find something that gives our lives more meaning.
For some of us, activism, religion, humanitarian organizations, and demanding jobs can give us a sense of direction. The rest of us, however, continue searching for the magical cure.
When there's a need, the most astute businessmen are quick to sell the magical cure.
This is how shamanism is now seen as a cure to Wester society's inner struggles.
For only $1,200, you can find direction by going on a trip to the Amazon and drinking a psychoactive brew.
You might have heard about Ayahuasca. It's a mix of plants with psychoactive properties that can lead to hallucinations, euphoria, and vomiting.
Ayahuasca is not addictive, but it's made from plants that contain deadly compounds in larger doses. When not prepared by someone with experience, it can kill.
Even when prepared by an experienced individual, it can prove to be deadly when combined with prescription drugs or tobacco.
Ayahuasca is illegal in the United States since it contains DMT. To get around this, many tourists go to Peru or Colombia to experience the effects of the brew.
The mass media obsesses over the rise of heroin consumption in the United States.
But it seems that behind every story, boredom causes people to chase the high.
Some might argue that this is the result of a culture that constantly feeds the population quick, cheap entertainment.
A 10 minutes wait for the bus is too long for us.
Wait, where’s my smartphone?
News, messages from friends, and celebrity gossip make us smile and frown at a fancy looking box.
We're addicted to our sources of entertainment. This includes our laptops, apps, and anything that constantly keeps us stimulated and running from ourselves.
The problem arises when our “harmless” entertainment sources no longer entertain us.
We get bored.
Not only do we get bored, but we can’t stand solitude. We're used to curing our alone time with a tv series or browsing social media.
That’s when we search for bigger, stronger, sources of entertainment: instant happiness in powder form.
This source of entertainment is far stronger than anything we've experienced before. It fries our brain reward system while tricking us that we're in control.
J. David Goodman analyzed the deaths of a number of young adults in Staten Island. He looked at the motivation behind their drug usage:
For those of us who want to escape heroin addiction, treatment is a must.
The symptoms people experience after quitting heroin are incredibly intense. In extreme cases, they can lead to suicide or to death.
Escaping from heroin’s jaws is not a matter of will or mental strength. Nobody should fight this battle alone.
Adderall-Who Wouldn't Like a Pill That Helps Them Focus Better?
Who wouldn’t like a happy pill that boosts their focus and makes them feel better?
Unfortunately, over time you will have to increase your dose to maintain the same effect.
This pill is now used by entrepreneurs and depressed people to help them get through the everyday struggles of life.
The Wicked "Cure"
Boredom is just one of the many causes behind drug usage. I don't want to imply that boredom is at the root of all cases.
Tragic events, depression, or even the wrong friends at the wrong time can suck us into an unrelenting spiral.
Recreational drugs (i.e., psychoactive brews falsely advertised as healers) will not help you solve your problems. Instead, they can create new ones.
However, there's hope, and you shouldn't fight this battle on your own. You don't need to.
There are many centers that offer treatment, therapy, and other solutions that can help you conquer your addiction.