Follow TV Tropes
One thing that's been bothering me somewhat as I get older is the increasing difficulty in finding novelty in everyday life. I'm getting jaded because almost everything I see has me going "Oh, that again".
Indeed one of the things that drew me to TV Tropes in the first place was a sort of "Oh, it's not just me" feeling when I saw that other people were also categorising and recording common recurring themes in media.
Of course, in my case, that habit has carried over into my everyday life and it's a real double edged sword. On the one hand, it's certainly helped me be a great deal more effective in social situations because I can quickly identify which gambits I need to pull out in order to get what I want out of people. On the other hand.
I'm certainly in no danger of becoming bored of life and checking out because art at least manages to still provide me with novelty and fascination. But it seems that the pay-off for my all consuming obsession with figuring out how everything works is to be terribly bored by the predictability of it all.
Is this a normal part of growing older? If so, how does one keep one's self from being driven batty by the overwhelming deja vu, boredom and jadedness?
Because it's fun. You don't have a handle on every culture in the world do you? Sure there is a degree of predictability but then there are endless variations.
edited 20th Mar '11 4:37:34 PM by blackcat
I feel more or less the same about humanity — there's very little about it that's new or interesting. This isn't so much a matter of having over-analysed things; it's more that I don't think I was ever that interested in the first place. The natural world holds more appeal, and I like visiting mountains and canyons and glaciers and waterfalls and whatnot due to the variety such things display, but if you find that that too seems to run short on variety, we're right back where we started.
If figuring out how things work is what interests you, you may be interested in the sciences. Or maybe not. I don't know what you do. In general, though, having a passion for pretty much anything is good.
I'm a creator. I bring new things into the world. I work in a genre where originality and individual self-expression are highly prized above almost anything else — and, paradoxically, in which there is very little that is actually original or individual. There is nothing new that can be created, only combinations of old things; but instead I try to create things that have life. Sounds you could almost reach out and touch. Stories that could have happened yesterday, in a more interesting universe. Photographs suggesting a whole world tangent to our own. Et cetera. Of course, that's how I deal with it — everyone has their own way.
Right now I'm reading the Funk & Wagnall's encyclopedia. Once you can see the wheels turning, you start looking for the ways they fit together. How can you ever get bored with that?
I've been thinking about this for a while. When I was a kid, all I expected out of life was to do exactly what mother did - get a 9 to 5 job, have kids and live in the suburbs. That was all I ever expected. A few years later, all hell broke loose, life turned upside-down and it's never straightened out since - I don't believe it ever will for me. Ironically, it's been horrible for more than two decades now, and so everyday I face the same stupid melodramas as I did the day before (and this leads towards feeling like one is living in a Soap Opera.... bleugh!). So, here is my Anti-Nihilist philosophy: You do what you can. And sometimes life sucks. That's okay. If it were always great, it... wouldn't really be great, right? There'd be no contrast. Right now, I'm taking the path of least resistance. I have hope for the future. Life can be pretty unpredictable, I think. Wait and see, I guess!
Community Showcase More
How well does it match the trope?