NATIONAL HOBBY MONTH
January is National Hobby month. A month to continue a previous hobby, develop a new hobby, or simply make time for something you enjoy.
THE OLD ME
The old me use to think of a hobby as a chore–something I had to come up with to be “normal” which, apparently, I am not. I’ve forced myself over the years to at least try and have a socially acceptable hobby which never lasted very long. A socially acceptable hobby, to me, was something that produced a tangible product or was something athletic.
NORMAL PEOPLE HOBBIES
I’ve always been led to believe the things I like to do (computer games, reading) are non-productive if not signs of laziness and did not count as a real hobby. I tried, in 2019, to develop a new, productive, hobby. I learned to crochet and made a very uneven dishcloth. It was when I was working on the second dishcloth that was actually looking pretty good that I realized it was, once again, becoming a chore, an obligation, something I was forcing myself to do to appear to be a “normal” person.
IF IT’S NOT FUN
This time, however, I simply stopped. I gave the barely started dishcloth and the supplies to my sister in law who does actually enjoy crocheting. My sister in law pointed out that I was doing a great job on the dishcloth and asked was I absolutely sure I did not want to finish it. I replied that, although I did like crocheting, I liked playing Sims more.
SIMS AND READING
In other words, if I had time to crochet then I preferred to use that time playing Sims or reading a good book. So, in reality, my true hobbies (the things I enjoy in my leisure time) are playing Sims and reading. I do enjoy writing this blog which I also consider a hobby.
ENJOY YOUR HOBBY
So, in honor of National Hobby month, decide what you enjoy and make that your hobby. It’s not really a hobby if you don’t enjoy it. As a 57 year old Sims player, I can assure you that if you enjoy it then you enjoy it–no need to feel like there is something else you “should” enjoy.