This is a blog post for anyone feeling down or bored about life right now.
I don’t say you need to incorporate all – or any – of these things into your life, of course, it depends on your own interests. However, I hope this post can serve as inspiration, at least! Because I know how difficult it can be when feeling bored and just done with everything. The bad news we receive all the time, the disappointments we can face… Sometimes it’s just very hard. Just because of that, I wanted to write an entry about things I like the most in life.
Please note that this list doesn’t include obvious things like family, friends, healthy food, moving your body, and so on. We already know about these things, and when feeling bored these can just become clichés at that moment. At least it feels like that for me. So I will touch more on some personal things I like to do, and most of the things on this list are pretty specific as well. As I said, these might not resonate with you 100%, but my prompt to you is to find your specific gems of joy!
1. Worldbuilding or being imaginative in other ways
I love to worldbuild. An entire blog entry just about worldbuilding for creative writing – or even for things like D&D campaigns – will come out shortly, because I’m currently working on that. I love that my imagination grows the older I get, and not the opposite! Some adults lose their imagination completely after growing up, but to me, it’s completely contrary to being honest… Some people watch movies and read books and can’t understand how the filmmakers or authors “possibly can make up all of this”, but I (personally) can understand how they can!
My favorite way to use my imagination is worldbuilding, I have my own entire universe of worlds with unique history and lore, characters and stories, magical systems, systems of ruling, and even things like physics and how the natural law works! I think if I could mention just one thing that makes me proud of being me, it’s my endless imagination. And I put it to use by playing solo D&D, writing fiction, drawing comics, and sometimes I even compose soundtracks specifically made for my different settings!
2. House plants and gardening
I believe everything living has a spirit. I am interested in gardening and taking care of my plants, both in my herb garden and my decorative plants that are not meant to be eaten, lol. My goal is to create a little jungle in some corners of my apartment, but still make it manageable. I won’t take it to the extreme, but I will not lie: a few more plants wouldn’t hurt!
In the spring- and summer time, I’m looking forward to growing my garden outside. I live in a house on the bottom floor so I have a pretty big outdoor space attached to my apartment, a terrace, and I’m looking forward to next year when I will decorate it more. I’ve just been living in my current apartment for a month and it’s slowly transitioning into winter now, so I’ll leave the outdoor gardening to next year.
Thankfully, I love indoor gardening and house plants just as much as growing herbs and plants outdoors, so I will take advantage of this winter to get into the habit of getting closer to my new plants and their individual spirits.
3. Planning and journaling in creative ways
I have a special place in my heart for journaling and creative planning. I used to be a bullet journaler, but I have switched over to a somewhat more structured Hobonichi planner, but still with enough space for customization.
Right now I’m journaling in my planner since I got a Hobonichi Weeks Mega, so I have plenty of space in the back to journal in (that’s why it’s called “mega”). I also have a regular journal when I need a little bit more space since my planners are either A6 size or more long and thin (smaller than A5) size. I really love having a cozy cup of tea, wrapped inside a blanket, for the purpose of journaling and planning my weeks!
So what are your gems of joy? Now I would challenge you to find specific things you really like doing and make your own list of 3-5 things you like to do. It doesn’t have to be even remotely similar to mine… Mine is mine and does only serve as inspiration, although I really find joy in the things I’ve listed here.
Feel free to share with me if you have your own list.