Boredom and bored. These words make me shutter.
These words make me tremble like the evil hyena’s, Ed and Shenzi, from the movie The Lion King, when they playfully tease one another by saying the name of Mufasa, the great Lion King.
As a young lad growing up, I learned that the “b” word was a swear word. And rightfully so.
I always felt that being bored is nothing more than a bad attitude or a mindset, which can easily be overcome. Overcome by activities like reading, going outdoors, and eating ice cream.
I’m grateful that my dad, grandparents, and especially my aunt, taught me the value of how to avoid this mindset.
Kicking the stupefied state of mind
When we made the decision to take the steps necessary to move from the Twin Cities to Fargo, we knew there would be cool things to enjoy, once we actually got to Fargo.
Cool stuff to do, like attending ballgames, blogging, enjoying miles of walking/biking trails, and loving good food.
And then there’s the pleasure of being able to savor ice cream at one of the most iconic ice cream shops in the entire country.
An ice cream shop that gets annual press from newspapers from around the country, for it’s menu items that are basically deemed criminal by the heads of it’s corporate franchise.
And this splendid place is right across the river from Fargo, in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Of all the awesome things we’ve experienced in the Fargo-area this summer, the old-fashioned Dairy Queen in Moorhead is the one place that’s helped keep our summer interesting for me and my family.
The excitement and mystique of being naughty
Ah, glorious Dairy Queen. I heart Dairy Queen.
This one place has brought me incredible joy while in Fargo this summer, ultimately helping me and my family avoid the blues that can come from the dog days of summer.
But eating frozen treats, at this historical Fargo-Moorhead eatery, is considered naughty in some circles.
This historic DQ, that’s been operating since 1949, (that’s 66 years) has been called rogue, been shunned, and has even been labeled as “criminal” by it’s own corporate mother-ship.
Eating ice cream, and other rare menu items that you cannot find at a typical Dairy Queen, almost makes you feel like you’re breaking the law, or committing an act of ‘naughtiness.’
And yet, there’s an excitement in doing something that’s right by supporting something that breaks the status quo. Like a protest against the “man” or by celebrating a cause that’s been long forgotten. There’s a thrilling sense of mystique that comes from dining at this DQ.
And to those of you who say I have an addiction to the infamous treats of this famous Minnesota franchise…well…you’re right. I do.
And if that makes me naughty, then I will proudly wear that badge.
How to avoid boredom once and for all
Earl Nightingale famously said “you’ll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea.”
(you’re welcome for the free wisdom)
When you’re bored, you need to simply put on your thinking cap, write down some places to go, or consider the process of elimination in order to figure out something fun to do.
And when all else fails, there’s always Google, Tripadvisor, and Yelp to help you overcome daily apathy.
When you and your family are bored, how do you overcome this?
What are some great places in the Fargo-Moorhead area that can help keep the brain and body active?