It was last summer when I first realised how pathetic my life had become. Not pathetic in the sense of sadness, or desperation – I was a new mom, and my life by all common sense was very fulfilled – but pathetic in the sense that I…wasn’t doing much. My life consisted of diaper changes, feedings, and more diaper changes and more feedings, and of course my exciting weekly outing to baby-and-me yoga where I talked to other moms about diaper changes and feedings. I decided that I needed something else in my life.
I needed a hobby.
I have never been a fan of doing things without monetary purpose. I have worked, and made money from working, since I was 13-years old, stuffing flyers in people’s mailboxes even though homeowners didn’t want me to. I played sports a bit in high school, and sure, I crafted and created and built little projects here and there, but I never picked up a needle and thread, or figure skates, or banjo (thank god) just for the sake of it. I never did an activity, outside of watching TV or reading, which was purely about the enjoyment of that specific activity.
With this realisation, and at the insistence of my hobby-loving husband, I decided to embark on a search for the perfect hobby for me. I started by searching around the internet, delving into the history of hobbies, leisure, and the art of “doing nothing”. It all seemed so bizarre and pointless. But then I started reading about famous people’s hobbies. People like billionaire businessman Warren Buffett, a man who is synonymous with monetary success, but who also apparently is an amateur ukulele player?
As I fell deeper into the well of research, I began to understand the draw of pleasurable pursuits a bit more.
Despite this encouragement, and knowing myself as an adept procrastinator/talker/lazy type, I knew instinctively that if I did not create a sense of accountability for myself for this hobby project, that I would not be successful. Therefore, to create a sense of responsibility, I decided to document my search for a hobby on Instagram.
By using Social Media to reach out to others, and to inform others about what I was doing, I was essentially creating an audience. By creating an audience, I was encouraging myself to stay accountable on the project.
I am several weeks into the project now (which I have named Hobby Harpy), and so far this system has worked! I am buoyed by the support of my audience, mostly friends/family, and also spurred on by the additional support of like-minded experts in the field.
My first hobby project is container vegetable gardening – a fun one for the spring/summer season. I hope you’ll check it out HERE. My swiss chard just sprouted! Plus check out my “Rude Barb” (rhubarb) plant!
Do you have any special hobbies or leisure activities that you love to do? What is it that you love about it? Have you read any books on the topic of leisure or hobbies? I love new research materials, so please pass them along in the comments.
Image Links and Works Cited:
Zipkin, N. (2018, March 19). The Unusual Hobbies of 8 of the World’s Most Successful Business Leaders. O Magazine.