– Scroll through your photo timeline and browse past photos and memories.
– Open Day One (my favorite journaling app) and write down one highlight from your day so far.
– Write down 3 new ideas in the Notes app.
– Send a text message to a friend or family member to tell them how awesome they are.
– Don’t get out your phone at all.
It’s not so easy to be bored anymore. You have to *choose* to be bored. Back when I was a kid (ha!) it used to be that boredom chose you — if you were waiting somewhere and there was nothing to do and you were bored. Now, you’re never bored. You can see 9 second videos of some stranger surfing on the other side of the world, or get a live video stream of someone’s hike over Tokyo. This stuff is amazing.
But it means we have to be proactive about our boredom and down time. It means we have to be intentional about creating margin for thought. If 100% of our down time is filled with passive entertainment and bits of information, then when does our mind have a chance to be calm? When do we have a moment to think without *needing* to think?
So, I’ve got 5 camping / backpacking trips planned for 2023. I am so ready to get outdoors. I also made a few updates to my outdoor gear (new sleeping pad, solo tent, and a new pack). Thanks, in large part, to Steven Smith and his YouTube channel which I’ve been binge watching over the past few weeks instead of going to bed on time.