Creativity (living outside the box)
Boredom feels like your brain cells are dying. Repetition may be necessary to reinforce good habits, but tedium is daunting. Not being challenged intelligently or mentally makes people feel "stuck." They can be stuck in a college major they find unappealing or in a career where they feel like their skills are stagnant? Who wants to waste their time away not being fulfilled or happy?
I must admit, many of my creative ideas have come from being bored out of my mind. Many of my best concepts have come from my mind wandering during boredom. It's happened during meetings, conferences, and in line at the DMV. It's usually a way to survive from "mental death."
Creativity is how the brain resiliently keeps you mentally strong. It provides new perspectives. It finds new ways to solve old problems. It shows your loved ones new ways of saying, "I love you."
If being creative is thinking outside the box, I'm going to challenge myself a little more. I'm going to breathe outside the box and spend more time exploring places I haven't seen yet. I will to work outside the box and find new ways to make my job more fun. I plan on communicating outside the box and go outside of my comfort zone to build stronger relationships with my family, friends, colleagues, and strangers (aka potential friends).
From now on, I'm going to live as much as I can outside the box.