I swear I read somewhere once that dreams are one of those topics of conversation to just not pursue. They’re up there with what route you took to get to whatever location you’re in and you’re now boring the person you’re talking with about how you turned left here but hoo-boy the traffic, and then you took the 123 to the 456, and you wouldn’t believe the sun glare!, and then you were clever and took a back route on the 789 that nobody knows about and you shaved 4 minutes off your trip, and look, now here you are, not late like you thought you were going to be.
When I googled “boring conversation” I did not see the article I was thinking of pop up, and I didn’t see dreams listed in any of the ones I did find (Top Ten Most Boring Topics of Conversation, 5 conversation topics people find boring on a date), but I did find a hilariously if slightly disturbingly titled 16 habits of extremely boring people. What disturbs me is the title suggests that being boring is a fixed personality trait that cannot be changed. Because, how mortifying! Who wants to be considered an “extremely boring person”? Of course you can change your behavior to be less boring.
The topics that tickled me from those articles: Insurance is a boring topic of conversation. Agreed.
“Boring people are always bored,” from the article about extremely boring people. Yes. A friend or a book once said “Only boring people get bored,” or something like that, and it always stuck with me, because if you feel bored, it’s in your power to get yourself out of that feeling. It’s nobody else’s job to entertain you.
And the sleeper topic that I’ll need to be sure to avoid? Rocks. Apparently, rocks are boring, and enough people talk about them that they made a top ten list.
This is my entry for today’s Bloganuary prompt, Write about a dream you remember. Also, I found where I heard about dreams being a boring conversation topic. It was on a This American Life episode: The Seven Things You’re Not Supposed to Talk About.