At this point of my life, as an adult unmarried daughter living with her family, there are periods when I spend more time outside the home, and others, when I get to spend plenty of time at home. And always, but I mean always, a well-meaning acquaintance will ask me: "Aren't you bored?"
I had worked in a variety of jobs, and let me tell you something, none of them were very glamorous. The majority of jobs aren't. As a secretary, I was chained to the fax machine. When I worked as a cashier in a supermarket, I couldn't move from the cash register. I couldn't take a short break to stretch my legs and I only saw sunshine on my way to work. That was boring.
At home, the activities are so different. Yes, not all of them are exactly thrilling. For example, I like ironing and cooking, while I'm less fond of vacuuming and washing the dishes. But in a way, even what I don't enjoy so much feels satisfying, because I see the result of my work, and I work in my home, for my family, and on my time. I can make my own schedule and go out for a wee break when the weather is good, or watch a bird flying to and from her nest on the tree in front of my small balcony while I hang the laundry. If I have a free hour, I can read or write or do various crafts and projects.
At home, I'm peaceful and relaxed, and I believe this is so much more natural than always rushing somewhere. Think about it. For many centuries, people lived simple, peaceful lives, and they didn't have the amount of depressions and nervous breakdowns we have now. Doesn't it feel good to slow down?
Not long ago, I visited a friend who is going to get married soon and lives with her parents. "I'm so bored at home," – she said, - "I have absolutely nothing to do!" – And while she complained, her mother was mopping the floors and her grandmother washing dishes in the kitchen. Nothing to do at home? Maybe you're just overlooking things that need to be done?
To tell you the truth, I find it difficult to imagine a situation when there's nothing to do at home. There's always dusting and cleaning and mopping and scrubbing; laundry to be washed, ironed and folded; taking care of animals or plants if you have them; creative activities like organization and re-decorating; honestly, I currently live in an apartment so small I'm sure it would make some of you laugh – and yet I never run out of things to do, even if I have all day.
Our time at home – like pretty much everything in life – is what we make of it. We can make it useful and productive, peaceful and relaxing, meaningful and happy. We can find joy in the simple things and excitement in our everyday surroundings. I honestly believe it's up to us.