“My entire working life, at the end of the day all I want is some down time to recover from being bored,” commented a friend who hasn’t yet managed to find her niche. “I’m so bored” is the mantra of the underemployed. “I’m so bored” is the mantra of the twenty-somethings ready for more responsibility. Each day a drudgery, an effort to read the emails you were cc’d on that require no action, an effort to feign engagement in projects that you are convinced will have no consequential impact on your life or others’. You’re part of the churn of work that assigns significance to avoid the insecurity of insignificance. You can no longer remember how you felt about this job on your first day. You can’t remember if you thought you would like it or if you felt lucky to be part of something larger than yourself. You can’t remember if you were so glad to have been offered the opportunity that you accepted that you would not be one of the ones chosen to watch the compass.
David Hume said, “He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.”
Your circumstance once suited; now it does not. Do not give up on finding your niche. Do not start to believe that there is nothing better out there. Do not start to believe that a paycheck is all you need. Settling leads to boredom which leads to apathy. Do not settle compromising what you really want for what was good enough yesterday. Be grateful for what was good enough yesterday, hang onto it until you can create what is good enough now. Adjust your expectations. You will no longer have the same feelings of accomplishment you once did in your current circumstances. Accept your boredom for what it is: a paycheck, a resume builder, until you find your next opportunity. Accept your boredom and then you can let it go, and be excellent, to suit your temper to your circumstance.