I (Julie) was born bored. My whole life I’ve had this gnawing feeling of boredom and restlessness. It’s innate.
And I found out today that I’m going to die from it.
I read an article on MSNBC today on how “Research suggests a link between chronic listlessness and heart problems.” Following are a couple of excerpts that apply directly to me:
- Experts say there’s a possibility that the more bored you are, the more likely you are to die early.
- Those who reported they had been very bored were two and a half times more likely to die of a heart problem than those who hadn’t reported being bored.
- Boredom is linked to anger suppression, which can raise blood pressure and suppress the body’s natural immunity.
- It was only people who were chronically bored who should be worried.
Although, it did say that people who are bored are more likely to lead an unhealthy lifestyle, which isn’t me. But even taking that into account the above still applies, especially since I would classify myself as chronically bored.
Most of the time I am somewhat bored, but when I get really, REALLY bored (about once every 6 weeks), I am pitifully grumpy and mope around the house. Nothing is interesting. I’m in a complete funk. In the moment, the only thing I feel could cure me is a trip somewhere away from this “hole” (as I lovingly refer to it). So since I’m rarely able to make that happen when I need it, I just have to slowly endure until my hormones equalize themselves and I start to feel normal again. I do blame some of it on hormonal fluctuations.
But I guess I better get my act together so I don’t die prematurely. Besides, the wrinkles caused by my furrowed brow are quite unsightly.