Boring is in the eye of the beholder

I know I’ve mentioned on here at least a time or two that I enjoy my work.  I love learning new things.  So, when someone thinks a project I’m working on sounds boring, I’m always stunned.

The first time this happened was a couple of years ago when I was covering a very small town suburb of my mid-sized city.  And when I say small town, I mean it.  This area has no restaurants or anything.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The community welcomed me.  I learned so much about the people who lived there.  They shared their stories with me.  Every week was something new for the three articles I wrote.  When I mentioned it to a relative, she immediately replied with, “Well, that sounds boring.”  I sincerely thought she was joking at first.  Boring?  To me, nothing is boring about learning people’s stories.  I loved what I was writing.

I’ve had these things happen a couple of other times since then with other stories and projects and I still don’t understand how people can think boring.  I throw myself into everything I work on.  I am a passionate person.  I am passionate about my work.  The only boring part of it to me is the bookkeeping and business tasks.  I’m not crazy about updating my clips online.  I’m not crazy about tracking my income and expenses.  THOSE things are boring to me.  But, my writing, editing and designing are far from boring to me.

If you enjoy what you do, then it’s not boring.  I know some folks are out there who enjoy the tasks I find boring.  More power to them!  And, I suppose, other folks really do find what I do boring.  I don’t understand it more than just to acknowledge that we are all different with different likes, dislikes and passions.

What do you enjoy?

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