“A hobby is considered to be a regular activity that is done for enjoyment, typically during one’s leisure time ” – Wikipedia
I wonder why our society has divided time into non-leisure (work) time and leisure time but let’s keep that discussion for some other day.
Do you have leisure time? What do you do during your leisure time?
These days it is inevitable that whatever leisure time we have we spend it on the screen. It is heart wrenching to see little kids wasting their precious childhood on gadgets. Is this something we really enjoy doing or is it something we do just because we are unaware that there are better things to do that are really enjoyable. It might be something as simple as walking or running in a park or just sitting still doing nothing [by “still” I mean absolutely no physical/mental movement. You think you can do it? Oh you poor silly you. 🙂 ]
Alright, back to hobby. Here is a quick checklist to identify if an activity can be called a hobby or not.
- Are you an active participant?
- Is it enjoyable?
- Does it give you increasing level of challenges?
A “No” to any of these questions means the activity is not a hobby. A hobby is something personal so the answers will vary for each person. An activity that is not a hobby for you doesn’t mean that it can’t be a hobby for someone else. But at the same time we can clearly see that passive activities (like watching/listening) don’t pass this checklist for anyone so they are definitely not hobbies.
Here are some examples of hobbies
– physical activity (sports, cycling, running, swimming)
– mental activity (board games, puzzles, certain video games)
– any activity requiring skillful use of hands and mind (sculpting, painting, embroidery, RC/scale modeling, playing music)
Why have a hobby?
Imagine your childhood with only study time and no play time. How would you feel when you look back?
Now imagine you are on your deathbed, your entire life has passed with only work and no real play time. How would you feel about it?
A Hobby is a way to bring back play time into our lives. It gives us opportunities to be ourselves by doing the things that we really enjoy. It challenges us to improve our skills and eventually be a master at it. You don’t have to have just one hobby. You can have multiple hobbies.
So what are you waiting for. Go get your hobby! If you already have one, Go get another!