As parents we tend to put our kids first and everything else goes on the back burner. Most of the parents I have talked to has given up at least one of their hobbies that they enjoyed in their younger years. Did you once love to play the guitar, cook pastries, or do ceramics? I asked some friends on Facebook this question and their responses where varied. Some of the hobbies missed were artistic activities like hand making journals or drawing, to athletic pursuits like swimming and figure skating, while others missed playing their favorite musical instruments. So what makes us give these things up? My Facebook friends responded with: kids, marriage, new jobs, no time, and a lack of motivation. I don’t know about you, but that list pretty much sums it up for me. This does not just apply to parents; it happens to everyone. Some of the happiest people I know have two or three great hobbies they love and are continually active with. I have come up with a list of my own hobbies as well as others that might inspire you to get back into it again.
Art: This is my big one. I used to spend hours drawing or painting and I stopped completely when I left school. I did get into photography which took up much of my time, but now I want to get back into art. I find it very calming and allows me to use my brain in a different way than my regular life. I find I have to sort out how to put a project together and hopefully come out with something I like in the end.
Sewing, Knitting and Crafts: I haven’t sewn since a was pregnant with Annika. I have so many ideas I would like to work on. I will bite the bullet and start again this year!! Knitting is something I tried once and never really got into. People enjoy it because you can take it anywhere; from watching TV to the baseball game in the summer. It’s very hip these days and there are lots of really great patterns out there now.
Cooking: Cooking is something you have to do everyday but how often do you cook something really great? Each week we try new recipes as it’s fun to try something new and the best part is you get to eat it after.
Photography: This is very easy for everyone these days to take up. Digital camera’s are easy to use and allow for a lot of experimenting. I have kept this up because I love it so much and I have three kids now. So there is plenty of photo taking in our house. Try different things likes shooting from different angles, to backlighting your subjects, playing around with focus, and using flash in different scenarios. There are lots of fun and creative things to try and one nice thing, if it doesn’t turn out how you expected it to just delete.
Hiking: Hiking can involve going out for a half an hour or a full day, the important thing is just to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Strap on the boots and backpack and go for an enjoyable hike through a park, along a waterfront, or up a hill. If you haven’t gone out for a while make the effort, your body and mind will say thank you.
Gardening: Gardening is something I have tried a little bit in the past but never really got totally involved with. I guess you could call it a new hobby of mine. This year we will plant a veggie garden from scratch and I will walk you through it as we go, in “Lisa’s Garden“. I am hoping to find it fulfilling and pleasurable and not too frustrating or too much like work.
Sports: There are local fun leagues in most communities, that are not high pressure and competitive. If you once loved basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, baseball, or others, look into what is offered and join a recreational league. Take it slow and if you have kids they will enjoyed having some fun with you.
Antiquing or Thrifting: I don’t know what it is about hunting for deals that I like so much and to think of it as a hobby is a bit odd. I think I like the thrill of getting something I need or something really nice at a fraction of the store price. You must stay in control for this not to become an expensive obsession.
Games: Card games, board games, solitaire, puzzles, are all fun ways to escape for a while. A short break by yourself or a night with friends can both be beneficial. Games are mentally challaging and can keep the mind sharp.
Music: No matter what you think of the top 40 music scene, there are current musicians out there making music that fits your tastes, you just have to look for them. This can be great hobby and with the Internet it is easy to discover new acts from all over the world. Finding new music you love is great for the soul. It is amazing the different emotions that can be felt when hearing a great song for the first time. There are some amazing acts that do not get played on the radio. Other people like to play music or sing. If you enjoy this why not take it up again.
Martin talked in a previous blog “Geocache Diet – Day 44” about scheduling your time and fitting in exercise or any other activity you might like to do. My advice is to go back to what you love and what really makes you happy. Take some time and be true to yourself, you’ll be happy you did. You probably will not be able to do everything. Start small and see where it goes.
Let us know what hobby you wish you never gave up?