“Boredom is the luxury of those who have time to realize it” - I’m sure I heard that once as a bored teen along with “There are no boring ideas, just boring people” and “Go do something”. As a high school teacher and parent of school aged children, I have become very well acquainted with the lament of boredom. For example:
Adolescence is ridiculously difficult. I should know; I’ve spent at least 30 hours a week for the past 13 years desperately trying to teach teenagers to write. Don’t get me wrong, I love them. I am not some sadist that chooses to work with them because I get some weird thrill from being hated or ridiculous martyr who is seeking praise for the “burden” I carry. I genuinely enjoy their company and find their energy, excitement and ability to grow and adapt enlivening. And, I have no desire to return to adolescence. Zero.
Amy Reilly teaches English Literature and Composition at a college preparatory school for first generation college-bound students. When she's not grading papers, Amy loves to read and spend time with her husband and three children.
She has a bachelors degree in English and a masters degree in Education from Stanford University.