I used to dread the question in conversation, “so, what do you do for fun?”
Um. What do I do for fun? Let’s see… Uh. I would reflect to the prior week and go through my daily run of schedule. Did I even do anything fun? The better question, did I do anything fun that I wanted to share about in conversation?
*One minute later*
“Umm.. I like to work out but you know school takes up a lot of time so I’m usually pretty busy with that”
While school does take up a lot of my time, it realistically doesn’t take up the 168 hours I have in a week.
One day, I came to the conclusion that: I need a hobby!!
So, what are the benefits to having a hobby?
- Hobbies have no deadlines and are pressure-free. The time you set out to do your hobby is simply meant for you to get in touch with your creative side, that’s it.
- They can be a break from your daily routine- Sometimes you just need to do something that doesn’t involve work.
- They make you feel productive. Most hobbies involve creating something and at the end of the day it feels satisfying to know that you worked on a project that has a physical result.
- You can talk about it in conversation & won’t have to dread the “what do you do for fun” question- not only that, but you may find that you have more similar interests with the someone than you had originally thought
- It’s an opportunity to learn more about yourself. “What about this hobby is satisfying to me?” “What inspires my creativity?” Answering these questions can change your life outside of your hobby.
Remember- You don’t have to be good at something for it to be your hobby. You just have to enjoy it, and that’s the beautiful part about having a hobby!