Monotony And Conversation

The other day I realized that of late, I’ve been using my phone a lot less and when I do it’s more for function than entertainment. I haven’t been messaging my friends as often or for as long and started thinking about this. What’s changed? One thing I noticed was that I don’t really have that much to talk about these days. One of the reasons being is that life has gotten quite routine with nothing novel or new taking place. I also read an article which quoted,

Monotony collapses time. Novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthy and live a long life while experiencing a short one. If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next — and disappear. That’s why it’s important to…have as many new experiences as possible… Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perceptions of our lives.”

This is so interesting. It seems that the people who have the most to talk about also have the most going on. This may be due to their circumstances of not working a 9–5 desk job or just being more outgoing than the norm. Whatever the reason, it is incredibly important to keep in mind that monotony will kill you. It is easy to accredit this boredom to your job and routine life however I think if you give it a little thought, there are definitely ways to add some flavour to your day.

I figured that I need to start adding this flavour or else it’ll reach a point where I have nothing to say to no one. The small ways I started doing this was reading more, I spend eight hours a day in front of a computer so why not spend some time reading stuff that I can actually talk about. For example, I found this article extremely interesting- for anyone who likes reading about fashion- and honestly I love everything on the Moda Operandi blog. Apart from that I try to engage in group activities like working out in a group or taking a class at least once or twice a week to incorporate some human engagement in my life.

I think it’s quite easy to give up and just get bottled into your little life. Chronobiologist Michael Siffre conducted a self-experiment by spending two months in a cave, alone. His concept of time totally disintegrated as did his memory. I’m not saying that by spending all day at work your memory is going to disintegrate but you definitely aren’t adding years to your life. Experiences are what make life great so get out there and start living.