I love making soap and scrubs. I love cooking. I love reading Amish and paranormal fiction. I love having out with my dogs.
Great, now that I sound like a total weirdo, let me explain why I’m telling you these things.
Hobbies. These are my hobbies. Much like old fashioned courting, hobbies have gone to the wayside. Instead of cooking classes and ceramics, it’s binge watching TV and going to dinner/drinks. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with those things but how fulfilling are they? How challenging? What skill is involved or even research? Don’t get me wrong hobbies don’t mean homework. They do require research, time, and patience.
Is working out a hobby? It definitely can be, especially when you’re trying new activities, skill sets, exercises, etc. Hobbies don’t have to the most exciting thing, they just have to interest you.
I love soap making because it’s something that is slightly time consuming but has pretty fast results. It combines my love of creating with my love of being healthy/chemical free. I get to create different scents and it’s a labor of love. Making soap opened the doors for to make other items like lip balm (think Burt’s Bees), body scrubs, bath salts, and deodorant. I keep failing at bath bombs but it doesn’t stop me from trying to perfect it. I also get to research how to package the items, how to make them even better and get ti share with my friends.
As for my Amish and paranormal love stories, I will often come home and read, the TV never turning on. I love seeing different perspectives and read love stories. They take me out of the day to day life and offer me a glimpse into other worlds, views, and lives. The more I read, the more I expand my vocabulary and my life. I also like biographies, murder mysteries, and true crime like Ann Rule’s books.
One of the many, many reasons I love Joey is that he has his own hobbies as well. He loves collecting vintage video games, cars, and football and all things tech. For his video games, he loves to look up prices, where to buy them, what’s out there, and more. It means we get to scour thrift stores and flea markets together. We stop at video game stores and pawn shops, looking for hidden gems.
His love of cars is great because he is always researching and learning about new and old cars. When I bought my LR2 he was a huge reason, because without him the maintenance would be high but he can do most of the work. While my warranty covers a ton, he’s able to do my brakes and oil changes which adds up to a lot (oil changes are $115). It’s also fun watching him fixing and mod his own cars. He’s the same with tech like phones, computer, and more that I will sound like an idiot trying to explain. The same pretty much goes for football, which I’ve tried to like but just can’t get into. He watches and keeps up with most sports and we like going to Bulls games together.
With both of us having hobbies, it gives us a lot to talk about with each other. It’s fun to share our passions and thoughts with each other. He gets to be a soap tester and I save $800 on brakes. It’s a win win. It’s also really beneficial because it means we have things to occupy our time that we love and we can spend time apart happily. Sometimes we just lay next to each other, reading and researching and get to just enjoy being near.
So why do so many people lack hobbies? I’m guessing instant gratification, lack of time, lack of money, and laziness. But I challenge you to figure out what your hobbies are. Maybe you volunteer or crochet or cook. Maybe you don’t have one but have always wanted to play guitar or write short stories. Hell, this blog is a hobby of mine!
Tell me what you’re passionate about or if you think I am totally wrong!