It’s so unfair. There’s nothing to do. Booooored. FML. This town is so quiet they fold the pavement up at night.
I’ve heard them all, and many more than those few I’ve just listed above and, to be perfectly honest, I simply do not understand any one who can write something like that, or even think it. I mean, the world is a big place even if we are limited to our small patch on this green(ish) planet, and there is always something to do, to see, to experience, even if it is within our own homes.
Last night we went to the Freimarkt in Bremen – it’s the 976th time they’ve held it, which is something – and mingled with the crowds, listened to the drunks singing and shouting, watched and took part in the fun. It was a wonderful, bright, exciting experience, by far the biggest fair that I’ve been to so far, and well worth the visit.
Even so, despite all the things to see and to do, I saw people who were bored. They wandered from one stand, one attraction to the next with a bored expression on their faces as if the Freimarkt was something they experienced every single day of their lives, nothing new, nothing. And I thought to myself, if there’s nothing here, amid all this activity, what are they doing with their lives? What are they going to have at the end – in perhaps fifty or sixty years – to look back on? What about all these people who spend their free time online complaining that they’ve got nothing to do?
Granddad, what did you do in the twenty-first century? Oh, I spent it online, but it wasn’t all that exciting.
We stopped off at Starbucks for a quick coffee on the way and sat next to a young woman with a large bag and a book and I thought, she’s got the right idea. The book was German in 30 Days. She, like me, has left home for a while and is out in the world, exploring, living her life in the world rather than at the edge of it just looking in.
Perhaps if a few more people got off their butts and went out through the front door, wandered off in a new direction, their lives would suddenly become filled with color, with new interests, with experiences.
But who does that these days?
Love & Kisses, Viki.