It was brought to my attention recently that I do not have a hobby. Not a “real” hobby. I have never really noticed, to tell you the truth. I like to walk, take baths, listen to music, take naps, and sometimes I like to read. These are things I like to do, but they do not really fit as hobbies. After a little research and reflection on what hobbies really are, I would have to agree that I really do not have one. So, I went in search for something that I could do to relax that I would be passionate about. This was a harder task than I thought it would be. Of course I had some outside factors to balance – space restrictions, the amount of time I can devote to it, and budget. In my search I read somethings about the importance of hobbies to our health and overall well-being. I thought this article summarized it best.Counselor and consultant, Bill Malone, shared,
Hobbies can provide many hours of relief from stress. A hobby can boost creativity, self esteem, passion, pleasure and accomplishments. Besides the reduction of stress and worry, hobbies can aid in the battle of depression.
I really do think a hobby could help provide me with “down-time,” to destress and focus my mind on other things. The article brought up some interesting points relating to hobbies and the prevention of Alzheimer’s or dementia. It tied in the importance of hobbies in childhood also.
Individuals who are involved with their hobby are happier people. In support of this statement, Susan M. McHale, PhD of Penn State University conducted a government study that showed, “Structured activities such as hobbies and sports are the most development- enhancing ways for children to spend their time” (McHale, 2001). If this is true for children, doesn’t it make sense that hobbies can help adults too.
How often do we, as adults, advocate for healthy living for children, and yet neglect to follow-though with our own habits and rituals, myself included. This statement really showed me how important it is that I find something and put my heart into it.
So, I am unveiling my new hobby…drum roll, please!
I am going to learn to crochet. I think this will be a good hobby that I can really get excited about. I can listen to music while I crochet. I can do it anywhere – on planes, on my couch, heck, maybe even in the bathtub if I balance it right. (We’ll see.) I love warm blankets for my naps, so this will be perfect! I did a little online research today and then headed out to the store to get my hooks and yarn and a beginner’s book. I’ll keep you posted and hopefully eventually even post a picture of my first creation. I’d love to make a blanket, but I might start with a coaster. I’m excited about the gift giving side of this hobby, the creativity involved, and the fact that it is goal-oriented.
Jason joked that someday when we are old and everything he wears is made by me, he’ll look back on this day and say, “I was there when this all started! Why didn’t I stop her!”