Hobbies are frequently used as motivation to learn new things. It does require some dedication to get started, but once you get hooked, it no longer feels like a hassle to fit into your schedule. And who knows? You could discover a hidden talent that you might otherwise have never known you possess! A majority of people live to build their resumes. They are hardworking, honest, extremely dedicated to helping achieve the goals of their companies and renovating their resumes so as to get the higher positions and eventually get ridden with more work pressure that hardly allows them to spend times for their own selves.
At one point in time, they seem to be lost and begin living contentedly with what they have accomplished. They seem to be satisfied with the so-called achievement and start to undervalue what more they can acquire.
Hobbies no longer play any role in their lives. Reading books, writing blogs, playing sports, traveling, painting, singing, attending gym, swimming, celebrating weekends with the family, etc. are the distant things for them. What all they do is to bow down to the companies where they work.
There is a range of research which shows how many break-ups, divorces, suicides and mental illness have been placed due to not spending quality time on hobbies.
I impart Business English where I have to help my students, from more than twenty-five countries, design their Curriculum Vitae, and the shock comes when they ask me what to fill in the column of hobbies. I fathom that not giving importance to hobbies is an international disaster.
Docdreyfus has stated the factual meaning of hobbies in an impeccable way. He says,
“Hobbies are not just to the pass the time of day or a way to kill time”.
They serve an important place in our psychological toolkit as a way to relieve and cope with stress. They are also a way to keep mentally active, creative, and give a sense of accomplishing and fulfillment during periods of anxiety, depression, and circumstantial stress.”
I congregated a Brazilian guy in Oslo who was also a backpacker like me. We lodged in the same dormitory, cooked together and had abundant time to know each other’s culture and tradition.It was an eclectic mix of bonding, thrill, and leisure.
He told me how significant traveling as a hobby for him. His words:
“Traveling for me is meditation. Whenever there is too much disorder in my life, I plan a trip with my friends or family, pack my bags, and leave all my worries behind. Travelling is indispensable for me as it helps me declutter my life.”
Life is short and there will be a small amount of time to enjoy what you love. You will find the true meaning of your life once you find doing what you are passionate about.
Freeman Dyson writes Successful technologies often begin as hobbies. Jacques Cousteau invented scuba diving because he enjoyed exploring caves. The Wright brothers invented flying as a relief from the monotony of their normal business of selling and repairing bicycles.
If you know that there is something that makes you contented, why do you allow yourself to get disheartened? By gluing to your hobbies, you will find that engaging in it is more stress relieving, satisfying, fulfilling and long-lasting than sitting in front of the TV to chase away stress and the blues.
I am leaving you with a beautiful quote from Marty Rubin:
“It is better to develop hobbies and interests than to have ideas about things.