The Importance of Hobbies
If you are reading this right now, I want you to sit and think about what it is that brings you joy. What do you do with regularity that makes you feel like YOU? Something that makes you feel strong, accomplished, safe, and confident? I was asked this question about six months ago and my brain was like Spongebob forgetting his name trying to come up with the answer. (Visual reference below for my people who struggle with Spongebob Literacy).
Here's the thing, participation in the world around us can be very energizing, and it can also be very draining. Either way, as individuals, we require balance to live healthy lives. Hobbies, or passion projects, can provide an outlet wherein we can recenter through something we really care about, free of social rules. In other words, we all need something to call our own. Some people knit, some people play music, some people quilt, some people, like me, write. If your brain looked like the photo above when I asked you "what do you do regularly that makes you feel like you?" maybe you think you don't have a hobby. Maybe you think you don't have a "thing." Maybe you think you don't have something you care enough about to invest your time and energy into. First off, I HEAR YOU. Been there. Second, everyone cares about something. Everyone has something important to express, and everyone does it differently. It just takes time to figure out what that looks like for you. Especially if you are someone who is interested in several things.
Your passions make you who you are. Giving them room to breathe and reach their potential is not only cathartic, but it can show you who you really are and what you are really capable of...
Having a hobby or a project is crucial to the process of self growth. If you don't cultivate and build upon your passions, it is difficult to grow and better yourself as a whole being. Your passions are what make you who you are. Giving them room to breathe and reach their potential is not only cathartic, but it can show you who you really are and what you are really capable of—things that are sometimes difficult to see. Passion projects and hobbies allow you to reshape your mindset, to think in terms of goals for yourself, and to know that no matter how hard your day was, you have something within you that makes you feel damn good.
Furthermore, having a hobby or a project can help to keep you focused. I mentioned earlier that it can shift your mind into thinking in terms of goals for yourself. For example, say you are a climber and there is a route you are dying to conquer: your curiosity starts gnawing at you, and won't let you breathe until you've reached the top of that wall. That's because you know you CAN do it. Before you know it, every choice you make is about getting there. Without a hobby or a passion, something you are willing to submit yourself to, it is difficult to make choices that are authentic and are making you better. You get stuck going in circles because there isn't something you are after.
Without a hobby or a passion, something you are willing to submit yourself to, it is difficult to make choices that are authentic and are making you better.
Don't feel bad if you haven't found something that really revs your engine yet. That's okay. Quite frankly, I haven't either in many ways, but writing is something I can't stay away from, so I trust that. All you have to do is start. Start paying attention, start searching. What do things feel like to you? What makes you feel safe and authentic? What do you want to learn more about? What kinds of things are you drawn to? Maybe these answers have something in common, maybe they don't. That's okay. It's all part of learning about who you are and what you need. As I have discussed before, be patient with yourself, but don't let that stop you from starting a journey that could lead you somewhere beyond your dreams.