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Is It Better To Be Ridiculous Than Boring

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I recently bought a notebook with the words, 'it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring,' on the cover. I love things that make me think. I don't agree with this sentiment, but I'm willing to change my mind.

What's so bad about being boring? Boring in whose view?

Surely what one person finds boring another won't. Conversely, something many find exciting, others may not. It all comes down to individual taste.

Things I find boring include -
Football (sorry)
Motor racing
Horror movies (I will have my eyes shut and my fingers in my ears.)
Celebrity gossip
Reality television
Broad beans

I could go on but I won't bore you. To be honest, if I gave some of the things I find boring a fair go and made an effort to understand them I would probably find something of interest. However there are so many things I already find very interesting so why bother?

Things I find interesting which would bore some include -
Words and acronyms I have just discovered
Ways to save money
Gardening
Writing poetry
Old magazines

How do you define someone who is boring? I guess it is someone who talks about things which are of no interest to you. Or it could be someone who has nothing to talk about or only has negative things to say. On the other hand, a person who likes to monopolise the conversation may be quite happy if the other person says nothing. Someone who is negative may enjoy being involved in a negative conversation.

Ridiculous is 'silly or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at,' according to the Macmillan English Dictionary. Some other sources are harsher and say 'stupid or unreasonable...'

I would rather be considered boring than ridiculous because I don't like being laughed at and made fun of. I can laugh at myself, but that's different.

Perhaps the words are in reference to the clothes a person wears. Still, I'd rather be labelled boring.

Some people say one shouldn't care what others think anyway. It can be difficult not to care about the opinions of others but if one can learn to please oneself life is less stressful. If you don't care what others think then you wouldn't even bother to agree or disagree with the words on the cover of my notebook.


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