Start a hobby

HobbiesHow to start a hobby

So, now that we’ve talked at length about working and business, let’s take a break and talk about hobbies. Would you like to start a hobby? Have you ever had one? Do you have interests that could be turned into a hobby? Maybe there is something you have always wanted to do but thought you didn’t have the time or the resources for it.

After all, you can’t work all the time.

Anyway, I would like to share with you the hobbies I have acquired in my “old age.” Perhaps one of these will be just right for you or inspire you to start a hobby.

Painting/Drawinggal painting

I started painting a drawing when I was around 50. I am not sure if I have talent or not. However, I can say that this is another one of those very satisfying endeavors in which I become completely absorbed. Also, painting and drawing are very therapeutic. Furthermore, they bring about focus and calm the mind. As a matter of fact, I can literally spend hours on a piece and not be aware of the passage of time.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on this hobby. Indeed, all that is needed for drawing is pencil and paper and perhaps a physical subject or photographic reference. However, painting can be a different story. For this you will need paints, brushes and painting surfaces such as canvases. The costs for these things can run up pretty fast so look for the good deals.

There are a variety of other low cost mediums available that I use. These include pen & ink, colored pencils and charcoal.

cameraPhotography

Let me tell you, there is nothing more fun than venturing out into the world to capture great photos. For a period, I was a photo hobbiest and enjoyed it immensely. It very satisfying to rise early in the morning and drive 3 hours to Mt. Rainier for those beautiful sunrise shots or walk around the streets of downtown Seattle to take in the cityscapes.

Obviously, you need a good camera, probably something very portable like an SLR or range finder and of course, a good, sturdy tripod. Unlike in my day, you no longer need the expense of film and film developing because everything is digital.

The one great thing about the cameras of today as opposed to just 20 years ago is that you can see exactly what you are getting in terms of a photo.

Anyway, to show for my efforts I have boxes of color slides and prints that I may someday organize and turn into digital images.

Singer/Songwriterguitar guy

About 10 years ago I took up songwriting and musical performance. I had always played the guitar but had never actually written a song. Furthermore, I didn’t know how to sing and was absolutely terrified at the prospect of playing in front of people. Well, 10 years later, I have probably performed a couple hundred times, written over 100 songs and developed a fairly strong singing voice. I now consider myself a singer/songwriter.

I can tell you that it is a real thrill to be in front of an audience pouring out my heart through my music.

Is this something you would consider? Have you always wanted to sing or play and instrument? Do you think you may have a knack for performing? Maybe you would like to give this a try! There is a comment section below so feel free to ask me any questions you would like about this.

In Closing

I talk about hobbies to emphasize the importance of occupying the mind with non-work related projects. I believe that keeping the mind active through creativity is healthy and a way to bring meaning into your life. Furthermore, I think it is especially important to keep the mind engaged as you age. So, start a hobby!

I love comments so please leave your below. I would love to hear about your hobbies

2 Replies to “Start a hobby”

  1. Enjoyed reading your article. Hobbies are fun. I started coin collecting as a kid and am continuing it in my 50s. My friend and I still talk about coins after 40 years. Besides the fun of collecting, we’ve learned some American history with them. I hope I can keep up with collecting after I retire.

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