Apathy vs. Boredom

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Apathy is described as “absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement. OR lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.”

Boredom is described as “uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgence”

So what is the difference?

Often times when I was going through depression they would describe a symptom of depression as being ‘apathetic towards the world’, but now that I am getting over depression I find that I am ‘bored’.

Is there actually a difference between being bored and being apathetic?

A great movie I watch a little while back was “The Trotsky”. In this movie there was this great scene where Leon was talking to his principal and they were having this debate about whether today’s youth and society is apathetic or bored. Leon sits there and tells his principal that today we are bored while the principal argues that we are apathetic. It made me wonder which one I am.

When I was going through my depression everyday I was 100% apathetic towards like. I would wake up and go back to bed and the only thing that would go through my mind was whether or not it was even worth waking up in the morning.

I would miss my 9:25am class simply because I thought it wasn’t worth my time and then I would skip my 11:40 class because I would assume it was going to be boring and, obviously, a waste of time as well.

It is a scary feeling when you get to that point where you are completely apathetic towards the entire world. In all honesty, you sit there wondering what the point is in even getting out of bed or going outside.

I was frozen in the question: What is the point of anything?

I hope and pray that no one reading gets to that same point as I did.

Back to my main point, though, so are we bored or apathetic?

I think we are just bored in this society, that we are just uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgence. I really believe we are just bored with our lives and bored of everything that goes on. We are always looking for something new to entertain us, and then when we over-use that, the hunt continues for something else more ‘exciting’.

It is really quite sad how we sit around waiting for something to interest us.

However, boredom is not something to be fearful of – but apathy is.

If you realize you are apathetic, be fearful because apathy is one of the scariest things I have ever gone through in my life. Depression is scary in and of itself, but feeling constantly apathetic, well that is plain terrifying. When you no longer can answer the question “What is the point of it all?” then you need to be afraid – and you need to start taking your condition seriously.

So ask yourself this: are you bored? Are you apathetic?

If you hesitate to say no to either one of these, then it’s time for you to start thinking about what you can do to change these feelings.

There is a point to it all, and there is a reason to get out of the bed in the morning.

It will be different for you than it is for me, though, so I can’t tell you what ‘it’ is, but I can tell you with confidence that there is an answer, you just have to look for it and when you do, you will find it. I promise.

Christian struggled through and recovered from depression. He likes to write so others can hear his story and know there is hope. His goal is that through sharing, people will be able to see their story within his own.

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