Are you bored? Then move on!

Bored? Maybe it's time to move on.
Bored? Maybe it’s time to move on.

I’ve often said that I find it nearly impossible to be bored. I don’t even understand how people can find themselves in a state of boredom. This seems particularly common among the young people I work with in a school setting. They have so many more options than we ever did when I was their age, but they so often express feelings of boredom.

Multipassionates, on the other hand, are usually the opposite. Our frustration comes more from not having the time to do everything we want to do. We flit from this to that, constantly entranced by the amazing variety of life.

And yet, I recently realized that I am bored. As I said, I have a school-based job, which I enjoy. It fits many of my talents and interests; I love the people; the students are a lot of fun. But increasingly, I’ve got the feeling that I don’t want to be here. I couldn’t explain why, which frustrated those who tried to give me advice, but I just didn’t want to do this any more. But finally, it came to me. I’m bored with it. It’s lovely and pleasant, but there’s no challenge to it any more. I’ve reinvented myself in this way, and expressed my creativity, but now I’m just treading water. There’s no challenge to it, no new horizons to explore. And so it’s time to move on.

I’ve really hesitated to say this, because it sounds so ungrateful and petty, and maybe even insulting to my co-workers, whom I love dearly. But I’m changing jobs next week, so I guess it’s time to face up to the reality. This is who I am. I am a Multipassionate. I’m not like other people who can do the same job for forty years. I need new challenges. Change frightens me, but I need it. And so it goes.

Multipotentialite guru Emilie Wapnick recently wrote a great post about how we seek new things, not because the old ones are too hard, but for just the opposite reason:

People often assume that multipotentialites quit when something gets too hard. I’ve found that, in most cases, it’s the opposite. We quit when something is no longer challenging, when it becomes too easy.

We Multipassionates like to do hard things; new things, things that require different ways of thinking, things that let us invent and be creative. Once we’ve done that, we’re ready to move on. Monopassionates dread the new job, they want to get past the initial orientation, the establishing of protocols, and on to the comfort of maintaining the status quo. That’s normal. We’re not. And that’s our strength.

I have had to admit that change scares me a bit. It’s hard to get out of my comfort zone. But I’m learning that it is vital to my mental health and well-being. Let’s get out there and change the world!


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