Lately I’ve been a part of several different conversations in which the desire to seek out a new hobby was mentioned but the person in question had no clue about where to start. Being that I have a list at least mile long of things I want to do, this isn’t a problem I’ve ever encountered, but their questing made me ponder…where do you start when seeking out a new hobby?
I think the first thing to do is to ask yourself this question:
If you could do anything at all as a hobby, what would it be? If time and money were no object, what would you pursue?
On one hand, that question seems like a moot point, because clearly time and money are a consideration for most of us–but the idea is to first just brainstorm and think about what you’d truly enjoy, then find a way to enjoy it on an affordable scale.
For example, if you’d love to travel to faraway places and take incredible pictures but circumstances prevent you from doing so, you can still indulge that dream by learning to take incredible pictures from right where you are. All you need is some kind of camera—even a smart phone camera–and you’ve got a new hobby. There are thirteen bazillion free websites that give all sorts of photography tips, local clubs, library resources and—most of all—experimenting is free.
Also, you can enjoy the planning part of an affordable, exciting trip to be taken when you have the time and money to do so. I’ve known folks with the hobby of planning trips they might or might not take, but the details of learning about it and planning it are a fun pastime for them, especially with the Internet and how we can virtually visit places so easily.
Another question to ask yourself is: Do you want your hobby to be physically active, relaxing or mentally stimulating?
Folks seek out new hobbies for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you now have more time—the kids need you less, the new job is less demanding, you’re making sure to take time for yourself. Maybe you’re seeking a physical activity to free your mind yet occupy your body or reduce stress/worry/pain. Are you looking to learn something new, stimulate your brain? Is relaxation your goal?
Consider what your goal is in seeking a new hobby and that will help you decide. Maybe it’s taking up a new sport or a making list of books set in Ireland to read through. If you want to start a collection of something—of first edition books or Indian artifacts–or pursue a 5K goal, you can do these things on your own, with a partner or you can connect with folks from all over via websites and forums as well as local clubs.
The point is to choose a hobby that will bring you joy as well as fill your time. Don’t over think it, pick something that sounds fun and stimulating and give it a try. The possibilities really are endless.
Do you have a favorite hobby? Have you started a new one lately—or are you thinking about doing so? I’d love to hear about it here in the comments or over on Facebook
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