A common complaint I’ve been hearing from other university students is how boring their life tends to be. It’s the same old routine over and over again: eat, study, sleep. For some it gets a little bit better: eat, study, party, sleep. And for a select few: eat, party, party, sleep.
Yet even for those “lucky” few, routine is the murderer of everything fun. I learned in economics that everything has a marginal utility; the more you do something, the less satisfaction it gives you every time you do it. This is exactly what seems to be happening for most university students. Routine is necessary to survive, but the aftermath is that it appears to suck the soul out of every activity it latches onto.
When this happens, most people opt for the same solution; change. Accounting bores you? Switch to finance! Soccer is getting old? Basketball it is! Losing that spark with your girlfriend or boyfriend? Find another one!
But the problem? Routine is forever hungry, and will always find a sink its teeth into your new found activity. So what do you do?
Change is the right solution, but what you should be changing isn’t always the object, but the perspective. Take a glass of water for example. A glass of water sitting on a kitchen table isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but take that same glass of water and stick it on the surface of Mars, and all of sudden we’ve got the most interesting situation the world has ever seen.
Life is about perspective. What we get in life is limited, what we’re good at is limited, and what is available to us is limited. But what is unlimited is the number of ways we can take what we have, and change the environment around it.
Accounting bores you? Bet your friend that whoever gets the lowest mark on your test has to walk to Tim Horton’s naked. Soccer is getting old? Play it inside your room-mates bedroom. Losing that spark with your partner? Move to Guatemala together. A little extreme? Perhaps, but those are just some of the endless perspectives that one can come up with.
The world is a big place; that’s why there are so many rules to help us navigate. But when you take those rules and collide them together, that’s what changes it from big to boundless. So next time you’re bored, take a piñata and fill it with sunflower seeds. Grab a wet floor sign off the ground and put it in your room. Give your friend a box of women’s deodorant as a Christmas present in May. Change the environment, change the rules, and watch how life will change for you.