My entire life has been devoted to hobbies. Learning, collecting, studying, and gaining new abilities are all things I like doing. Some of these abilities have proven valuable in my professional life, while others are simply for my own enjoyment. We’re going to speak about the private ones today. The ones that improve our lives and assist us in decompressing at the end of a hard day.
Emma and I shared a variety of interests growing up, including horseback riding, gymnastics, basketball (yes, really), writing children’s books, knitting, line dancing, cooking, reading, acting, painting, drawing, singing, dying our hair (every color! ), cheerleading, photography, running, scrapbooking, woodworking, beer making, sewing, baking, collecting, and everything in between. It’s enjoyable to keep yourself occupied with things that make you happy. Over time, hobbies come and go. I adore the concept of having a “current fixation” at all times.
1. Look for anything that will help you forget about your day and relax.
Running is the ideal “alone time” activity for me. I enjoy running while listening to my favorite guilty pleasure music with headphones. I’ve had some time to think. I’m not thinking about work. When I’m through, I feel revitalized. All of these things appeal to me. It’s also an excellent activity for my personality type since it allows me to set and achieve little objectives, which provides me with a lot of drive. I’m now training for a 10-mile run, and it feels great to be getting closer to my goal. But, in the end, the objectives are secondary. What I enjoy about my pastime is that it allows me to set aside time for myself.
2. Take inventory.
Look around your house to see if there are any unfinished hobbies that you began but never finished. Our brother informed Emma this week that she had been working on a children’s book for four or five years and that she had completely forgotten about it! She never finished the project, but she’s considering picking it up again for fun.
You should also take stock of your life and consider how much time you have to commit to a pastime. We’re all busy, especially at certain times of the year. So be honest with yourself about how much time you have to give to a pastime, and don’t over-commit or attempt something you know you won’t be able to complete. A hobby should be something you love doing for yourself, not something that makes you feel bad about yourself because you aren’t doing as much as you believe you should or are unable to really appreciate it.
3. Explore things first.
If you’re stuck, go to a hobby store and stroll around for a while. You are not required to purchase anything. Simply have a look around and imagine what you would want to try. Check in with your pals to see what they’re up to. Perhaps you could join them? Perhaps they’ll inspire you with a project you’d like to undertake.
So, how about you? What are your current favorite pastimes? What do you do to unwind? Check out our audio episode on the value of hobbies in adulthood for more ideas!
From: Haotees Store