Choosing a Hobby


It’s a fair, if rather sweeping, statement to say that everyone should have a hobby. Hobbies are activities that we feel passionately about that enable us to direct our creative and restless energies into something constructive, as well as a great way to unwind and relax. This latter aspect is actually far more beneficial than most people are aware too, allowing us to completely focus on whatever our task may be and so that way forget what’s going on around us. In that way it can be a great way to escape from our thoughts and almost a form of meditation in the way it clears the mind and calms us down.

With a hobby you will never feel bored or as though you’re not achieving anything, and if you pick something social or outdoors then it will nicely prevent bouts of cabin fever too. Finally, having a hobby gives us something to talk about with others, a skill that we can be proud of, and an extra string to our bow that might just come in handy. This all means that people with hobbies are healthier, happier, more impressive and more highly skilled. And you never know, if you get good enough at your chosen skill then you might even be able to start earning money from it.

But how do you go about choosing your hobby? With so many different options to choose from it can be hard to know the hobby that will bring you the most enjoyment. Fortunately there’s no reason why you can’t try out lots of different activities before picking the one you want to stick with. Hobbies are also fairly easily categorised meaning that you can have an idea for the sort of thing you want to do and then try things in that field.

The most obvious ‘categories’ of hobby are sports (with sub categories of team sports, extreme sports, motor sports and fitness), arts, DIY, motoring music, crafts, collecting, learning and activities among others; though there are also a vast range of hobbies that don’t fall easily into categories. The type of hobby you want to get into might then be something that involves multiple people or that is something that’s more creative and results in an ‘end product’ or performance you can show others. An outdoorsy person who wants to make friends then might pick a sport such as football or netball, whereas someone more introverted and creative might pick an art such as water-painting or writing. Think about whether you want your hobby to be relaxing or exciting, or whether you want it to involve lots of people.

At the same time think about the end product or the skill – in some cases you might find that your hobby stems naturally from a skill. Of course if you want to take up multiple hobbies then that’s even better and you might find that starting one leads to others (an interest in rally car racing for example might lead to an interest in mechanics).

Don’t worry if the hobby you’ve chosen seems to be something that’s beyond you at the moment – whether you’re learning Japanese or playing the guitar it doesn’t matter if you’re not an instant natural, in fact the harder you find it the more you’re likely to benefit and feel a sense of satisfaction when you start to progress and improve and the more it will impress others around you. When you’re working towards a set goal you’d be surprised at how absorbing it can be and how rewarding when you finally achieve your aim. If something you want to be able to do, or something you’re interested in learning, then no matter what it is you should give it a go. You’d be surprised where an interest can take you and what you’re capable of.

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