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There Will Never Be Enough Time. That’s Okay With Me.

BoredomThe more I learn, the more I see that I will never be able to…

  • Read all the books
  • Ask all the questions
  • Watch all the movies
  • Find all the answers
  • Make all the friends I want to
  • Refute all the hypotheses
  • Try all the strength training methods
  • Meet all the people
  • Make all of the apologies
  • Right all my wrongs
  • See all the sights
  • Eat all the food
  • Hear all the songs
  • Learn all the languages
  • Play all the instruments

But it’s okay. I’m still going to try. When people say they’re bored and tell me they have nothing left to look forward to or can’t find anything to do, I just don’t get it.There’s so much to do that I should probably plot it out on an infinite spreadsheet just to track opportunities.


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  • Eric | Eden Journal July 15, 2010, 5:32 am

    Man, not enough time to see all the movies. That is the truth, my Netflix queue keeps growing and growing. And each week I add 3 or 4 more movies, so even if I watched a movie every day, I’d likely not reach the end of the queue in my lifetime.

    • Josh Hanagarne July 15, 2010, 1:48 pm

      I read a blog called Horror Movie A Day that I get quite a kick out of. He does a lot of it with the Netflix suggested titles.

  • SimonXIX July 15, 2010, 6:37 am

    The idea of an Infinite Spreadsheet of Life is my favourite idea of the day. Thank you.

  • John July 15, 2010, 6:57 am

    I’m with you Josh. I can’t understand the folks that can’t find anything to do (except of course to complain about the fact that they have nothing to do). You only get one shot at life, why would you limit yourself and the impact you can have during that time? One of my favorite movie lines of all time is from The Shawshank Redemption…”Get busy livin or get busy dyin”

    Doesn’t get much simpler than that.

    • Josh Hanagarne July 15, 2010, 1:48 pm

      There are a lot of lessons in that movie. I’ve avoided all kinds of close calls throwing lye in the eyes of people who want to misuse me.

  • Heather July 15, 2010, 8:28 am

    Ibid to what John said up there. Josh, this is great! 🙂

  • Tim July 15, 2010, 9:52 am


    I’m with you. I used to work with someone who said they were bored over the weekend quite a bit. I almost asked him to do my laundry for me 😉 Me, I suppose, I’m still coming to grips with not being able to get it all done. Great thoughts here…

    • Josh Hanagarne July 15, 2010, 1:46 pm

      Ask him next time. Sounds like he just needs something to do.

  • Larissa July 15, 2010, 12:28 pm

    When you get done with that spreadsheet, can you email to me so that I can hang it up on the wall for the kids to see?? I’m always baffled when I hear, “I’m boooorrrreeeeddddd. . ” 🙂 Except my answer is usually, “Who wants to clean out the litter box??!!!!” lol

    • Josh Hanagarne July 15, 2010, 1:45 pm

      I’m not very good at Excel. I may need to outsource the spreadsheet.

    • Amy July 15, 2010, 7:08 pm

      That was my Mom’s answer to boredom, giving us something to clean. I only remember telling my Mom I was bored once and I got stuck cleaning the kitchen. After that I made sure I always had plenty of books checked out from the library at all times.

  • Cameron Plommer July 15, 2010, 1:23 pm

    Totally agree with you Josh. I. Am. Never. Bored

    The world is full of so much cool stuff to play with. The only time I’m bored is when I’m sick and physically can’t do anything.

  • Beth L. Gainer July 15, 2010, 2:05 pm

    Hi Josh,

    I love this posting. I totally agree with you — there’s so much to do in life. Sometimes, I just sit with a cup of coffee; enjoying life can happen in so many ways.

  • Daisy July 15, 2010, 7:41 pm

    Boredom? Not in this lifetime. Excuse me; I must go offline and check on my garden. The tomatoes should be ready soon.

  • Pauline July 16, 2010, 7:12 am

    Terrific post, Josh. I’m 70 and have read 43 books since January 1, 2010. However, I have SO much more to do and you nailed it with the Infinite Spreadsheet of Life. I still don’t understand how people can be bored. Life is way too wonderful.

  • Robby G July 18, 2010, 11:59 am

    I wish I could travel more. I’ve done my fair share so far this year, but there’s still so much. I was inspired recently by this man I met in Amsterdam. He took 7 years off to travel the world on his ship. The stories this man can tell can fill a library.

  • Tomas July 19, 2010, 5:40 am

    Speaking of languages, which ones can you speak, Josh?