Do you have a hobby? I have a few…I’m a bit of an over achiever, but it’s because my mind doesn’t really stop. My hobbies help me focus my creative side, and provide stress-relief when I need some sanity. It’s a bit of a zen-thing.
For many of us, our kids won’t be with us forever. They’re going to grow up and move on with their lives – as they should. Even if they need to stay in the nest for a while or longer, we probably won’t be as needed on a daily basis as we once were.
Hobbies help bridge the gap between being needed by our kids and having something mentally stimulating to do. We can learn something new, start reading about a topic that interests us, or take a road trip with our significant other. A hobby can be nearly anything, so long as it engages our attention and gives a sense of satisfaction.
Hobbies can be anything
In a world of digital everything, I love the feel of something physical in my hands. As a result, most of my hobbies involve doing something with my hands. Remember when I said I’m a bit of an over achiever in the hobby department? Here’s the list:
- Weaving (this one’s new)
- Historical reenactment (also new)
- Building things (most recently an ottoman and matching coffee table)
- Family Dungeons & Dragons night with our friends
- Graphic design
- Music ( I play viola and violin – and teach)
The cool thing is that with most of my interests, I can cycle through them and never get bored. Music, and Learning Tangent are exceptions, because they are businesses that earn money. I can’t skimp on practice or study, but neither music nor Learning Tangent actually feel like work. They both incorporate things I love to do on a daily basis, and I can’t imagine not being a musician anymore than I can imagine not running a magazine.
Hobbies don’t have to pay the bills, but they can. They can start as something fun, and turn into a real business. That’s how music and the magazine started for me, and because I started doing them because I truly wanted to, they don’t feel like work. I can see myself easily running both businesses for the next 10, 15, maybe even 20 years. I can keep right on doing what I’m good at – helping people by inspiring music students and homeschool moms, dads, and kids alike. By virtue of the internet, I can run both of those businesses from very nearly anywhere.
Hobbies set an example
Whether your kids are young or older, hobbies set an example that show that you value yourself enough to do something for yourself. When you have a healthy sense of self-worth, it spreads, and positively affects the people around you. There’s nothing bad about that!
Your hobbies don’t even have to take much of your time, and if you pick one that is portable (like calligraphy or the small loom I have for weaving), you can take them anywhere you take your kids. Many hobbies even give you a physical result – like a piece of calligraphy or something of that nature – that you can give as a gift. I did that one year, and they were loved by all who received them. So even though I practice calligraphy because I love it, and it’s for me, the people around me often benefit too.
I think most hobbies are that way, we do them for ourselves, but find ways to share them with our families. That’s an example I love to set.
You might have a hobby and not even know it
Truthfully, many of us don’t even realize that our interests can actually be considered a hobby, which is something we do for the sheer love of doing. Do you hike? Geocache or mountain bike? Those are hobbies. Do you travel or find ways to explore your region? Those are hobbies.
What hobbies do you have?