If you want people to be interested in you, you must first be interesting.
This is pretty obvious advice, but fits pretty neatly into the easier said than done file.
How does one go about making oneself interesting?
I think the answer lies in reading, in learning, in doing -- in never becoming stagnant. The people I find most interesting are always trying new things. Mostly they succeed. Sometimes they fail. Always they try. They are eager and enthusiastic and learn from their failures rather than allowing them to define them.
Interesting people are interested.
Bored people are boring.
I have been bored.
More than that, I have been sad.
Not very interesting, is it?
The day-to-day has become overwhelming. Do you want to hear about it? Of course you don't. We all know what overwhelmed feels like. Nothing unique or interesting about that.
It's time to read new things -- to learn new things -- and -- most importantly -- to try new things.
I'm shaking off a long winter fog.
I'm just, as The Boss says, tired and bored with myself.
But no more. Because it's stupid and it's boring and I have no desire to be either of those things anymore.
I will close my laptop in a few minutes. I need to throw a load of laundry in and get the kids to school and go to the gym and go to work and get a kid to an appointment and go back to work and get another kid to a practice and do a favor for a friend and all of that will take me straight to an hour before bedtime. I can spend that hour doing the same thing I always do, or I can spend it stepping out of the mundane and trying something new.
I can't say for sure. It's a long day and just typing it out was a little exhausting. I deserve an hour to knit and watch TV. And I just might. But I also just might devote that hour to trying -- or at least reading about -- something new.
And I, my friends, am open to suggestions. You name it and I promise you that I will look into it. I just might try it. I will, of course, keep you informed.
I'm bored with being bored.
I need to shake off the mundane.
I need to be the sort of person I'd want to talk to.
I'm not that person right now.
It's not too late.