First Published: January 8, 2007
As you know, this is the Year of the Boar. I am familiar with wild boars, living in the country as I do. Recently I was sipping my coffee out in my front yard when I thought I saw three Labrador Retrievers trotting along my fence line. Reality jarred me from my musings; those “black dogs” turned out to be three wild boars. Yikes! Black and hairy with curly tails, they later returned (in the night, those stealthy chickens) to root up my entire lawn looking for worms. OK. There’s my wild boar story for the year, but this Note is about Wild Bores.
If you are a parent, you have been told that the lovely day you planned for your kid was “boring.” The movie was “boring.” The book was “boring.” The family vacation to Seoul, Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, the Great Wall, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon, and New York City—-all were “boring.”
As a teacher, I have to design lesson plans that are not ““boring.” The ultimate challenge is to make my lecture on predicate nominatives and subject-verb agreement “fascinating,” or else I run the risk of students labeling me as “boring.”
In the spirit of the New Year, we should all strive to become interesting people, but how do we do this? Here are some of my suggestions:
- Start a book club. Invite friends for dinner, discuss a book, and read some classics.
- Visit more museums.
- Stop talking about yourself and ask others about themselves.
- Listen to others when they talk to you. Listening is fast becoming a dead artform. Usually, we are thinking of our retort to the speaker.
- Dress in the way you really want to dress. Create your own style.
- Turn off PDA’s, computers, televisions, and other distracting, preoccupying machines for some time during your day.
- Take a class at the local community college on a subject unrelated to your work, such as California history or Spanish.
- Stay interested in youth. Older people get out of touch with young people very quickly by not being interested in what the young kids are doing, thinking, listening to, and watching.
- Go to a comedy club.
- Go dancing.
- Buy tickets to the symphony, the ballet, the opera, or to some event. Buy 4 season tickets so you can invite friends.
These are just some of my ideas. One way to keep kids interested in life is to provide them with healthy stimulation. Let me know what you do to stay “in the loop” in the fight against becoming “boring.”