There's nothing to do around here!

Growing up in a small Midwestern town, it wasn’t uncommon to hear people say, “there’s nothing to do around here.” The complaint would then be followed closely by this declaration: “If there was only a new restaurant, a community center, a fishing club, a fill-in-the-blank -- whatever -- then we’d have something to do.”

As in most arguments, there’s a little truth and a little error.

The truth parts:

new buildings, establishments, and programs can produce things to do
new buildings, establishments, and programs can be exciting and interesting

The error parts:

it takes the responsibility off of the complainer and places it on someone or something else to make it happen
it ignores an element of human nature (the part where we always want something more)

So, what’s the cure to feeling like there’s nothing to do?

1. Jedi mind tricks
Seriously, most of life’s problems, including having nothing to do, is a matter of the mind. Look at the places and programs that are currently available, give yourself a pep talk, and then go have a ball.

2. Constant curiosity
Samuel Johnson said, “The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” This is so stinkin’ true! There’s a big world out there just ripe for picking. Go explore. Ask questions. Brave a new path!

3. Act before others do
Don’t spend your life waiting for others to invite you to do something. Take the initiative to go out and do whatever you want. If no one cares to join you, go do it anyway. People are always looking for others to follow, so start leading and you might be surprised about how many others are lined up behind you.

4. Contentment capitalism
Sometimes, it is just a matter of being content with what you have in the place where you are. (Being bored is o.k.) The other side of this coin is that the situation dictates for you to create something to solve a common problem. (Supply the demand.) Hence the idea of contentment capitalism. If there are enough people feeling the same way as you, then why not figure out a way to satisfy the demand. A bar, a bike shop, a community center -- or a fill-in-the-blank -- this brings us full circle.

How about you? What do you do when there’s nothing to do?
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