I've Got Way Too Much Free Time And I'm Bored!



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11 Jan 2012, 5:35 pm

So I am now 18 and a senior and I got early release every day now YAY!! But there is a huge problem with this. I am extremely bored with the amount of free time that I have. I get out from school at 1:30 catch the bus and go to the public library from 2:00-5/6:30 and the whole time I am there I usually just stay on the computer or play my 3DS or do some homework and I get extremely bored. I also get really lonely and I want to hang out with some people but I don't see that many people from school that are around me. I may see like one or two here like every other week and they talk to me a few but I get extremely bored with everything there. I just seem to have way to much free time on my hands. I have asked other sites on what I should do with my time and people would often say to me find a sport or a club to join but I am not into either of those things. I thought about getting a job but I just don't want to change my routine of things. I would like to know from people on WP what should I do with this much amount of free time?



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11 Jan 2012, 5:39 pm

Read a book. They don't bite.



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11 Jan 2012, 5:40 pm

^I've seem to have mostly read all of the good ones. I usually save reading when I am at school so I don't have to worry about reading all of the book at the Library and not have anything to read in class.



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11 Jan 2012, 5:50 pm

Civ001 wrote:
So I am now 18 and a senior and I got early release every day now YAY!! But there is a huge problem with this. I am extremely bored with the amount of free time that I have. I get out from school at 1:30 catch the bus and go to the public library from 2:00-5/6:30 and the whole time I am there I usually just stay on the computer or play my 3DS or do some homework and I get extremely bored. I also get really lonely and I want to hang out with some people but I don't see that many people from school that are around me. I may see like one or two here like every other week and they talk to me a few but I get extremely bored with everything there. I just seem to have way to much free time on my hands. I have asked other sites on what I should do with my time and people would often say to me find a sport or a club to join but I am not into either of those things. I thought about getting a job but I just don't want to change my routine of things. I would like to know from people on WP what should I do with this much amount of free time?


I run a public library that furnishes computers to the public, particularly for kids after school. What I would recommend as such is that you take a few minutes away from the computers and look at some books on topics that interest you.

Boredom is nothing more than a form of mental destitution. Boredom results when we fill our heads full of nothing but vacuous entertainment. When we get tired of the entertainment, or when we cannot be entertained, we have nothing to fall back on.

It was very common for dissidents of both communism and fascism to be locked in solitary confinement for long periods. Many of them have said that the only thing that kept them sane was thinking about all the books they had read. Though I have never been in solitary confinement, I can say their approach does work. About the only time I get bored is when I have to do a monotonous task that requires enough of my attention so that I can't think about other things.

Reading challenging books is not only good mental exercise that helps keep the mind in shape, but is also saving thoughts for a rainy day, so to speak.



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11 Jan 2012, 5:51 pm

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^I've seem to have mostly read all of the good ones. I usually save reading when I am at school so I don't have to worry about reading all of the book at the Library and not have anything to read in class.


Dude, if you can read all the books at your library I will be seriously impressed. (Unless it's a really small library...)

I used to go to the library every day after school like you, and I ended up working as a library page shelving books. Look at the library's website to see if they have any job openings, or ask if you can volunteer.

Or why not go somewhere else? You could go to the park, to the mall, to the museum, to the gym. Being unwilling to change your routine means you will have to put up with boredom.



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11 Jan 2012, 5:52 pm

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^I've seem to have mostly read all of the good ones. I usually save reading when I am at school so I don't have to worry about reading all of the book at the Library and not have anything to read in class.


Are you aware that between ten and twenty thousand new book titles are published every day?



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11 Jan 2012, 6:02 pm

^I've not read ALL of the books more like a few of them.. sorry. But there has been a lot of books I have read and I am now having a hard time finding some of the books that I am interested in. My main interests are fantasy or science fiction.


I can only go to the Library and a few surrounding areas since I take the trimet and it costs money to go everywhere.



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11 Jan 2012, 6:04 pm

Civ001 wrote:
^I've seem to have mostly read all of the good ones. I usually save reading when I am at school so I don't have to worry about reading all of the book at the Library and not have anything to read in class.


You are 18 and you think you have already read all the good books (even if you just meant, in your library)? Dear oh dear. You ain't seen nothing yet.

How about giving up a few hours every week to help out at a voluntary organisation or charity or soup kitchen? This will not just fill some of your time with something useful/meaningful but may also make it clear to you why finding paid employment is important.


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11 Jan 2012, 6:04 pm

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11 Jan 2012, 10:34 pm

Spend some time with us. :idea:


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13 Jan 2012, 2:51 am

Learn a new skill like day-of-week determination. Trying to do the figurative, "shaving off," of seconds will take most of the time practicing it.


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13 Jan 2012, 3:41 am

Find a good MMO game, they are excellent at chewing up very large chunks of time.


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