Throughout this pandemic and lock down, the youth will share their opinions on how boredom can be dangerous, or it can be a tool for improvement. Enjoy!
Boredom, the devil’s playground
The devil is always attempting to take us away from God, and although we always try our best to not fall in his ways, sometimes we do. When I was young, I remember one of my lovely Sunday school teachers taught me that the devil has a really powerful weapon called temptation, but this weapon is only powerful if you let it be. I also remember him telling me that there are things that make that weapon strong and one of those things was doing nothing. You doing nothing is a signal for the devil to use his weapon against us. In our case, the devil tempts us into complaining about being bored when we could be doing something to prevent us from being bored. The reason the devil uses boredom to his advantage is that it leads you to be vulnerable. There are ways to stop ourselves from being vulnerable and that is to keep ourselves occupied. This does not mean to be always studying or praying but none the less it also does not mean only playing video games or watching tv. Instead, try learning new skills or see how you can improve yourself as a person. At the end of the day, the devil tries to tempt us when we’re bored but we should not let him and by doing so we get closer to God.
Boredom, the time to re-evaluate our use of time
There are many beneficial activities that we could do when we’re bored through this pandemic. Unfortunately, most of us decide to use this time poorly and then we end up regretting it. This is called poor time management. It is crucial to have good time management for as Warren Buffett once said: “ an fool with a plan can beat a genius without a plan”. We’ve all been guilty of leaving things to the last minute and/or arriving late to an event or a meeting. This is an example of how poor time management can lead to consequences, for instance, if you leave your assignments to the last second, you might get marks off for handing it late or it might be rushed and unorganized. Similarly, if you arrive late to work, you might give your boss a bad impression of yourself. I believe that one of the reasons people have poor time management is because they don’t have the time to organize their schedules accordingly, which is why, during this pandemic, we should all take time to re-evaluate how we use our time before and how we can improve it. This includes having a fixed schedule every day rather than just going with the flow, having a healthy sleeping habit, and putting your priorities first. In conclusion, this pandemic is an opportunity to improve our time management skills to overall become more successful people.