Published on May 7th, 2015 | by Mark0
How to Find a Hobby You Love
If you’re looking for a way to find a hobby you love, then keep reading. Hobbies are a joy to the people who enjoy doing them. Most people may find your hobby to be a bunch of work. But to you, it is a labor of joy and love. In this article, you will find tips on how to find a hobby that you will love for years to come.
There are a few factors that you should take into consideration when choosing a hobby that you love. These considerations are:
- The Economy
- Joy in doing the activity
- Family time
- Developing skillsets
These considerations are covered in detail below.
I think we can all see that the economy is not getting any better. People are still having a hell of a time finding an actual job. There is still an average of 118 people fighting to be picked for one job post. In some cases that number can be as high as 300 people for one job post.
The only reason the economy seems to be improving is because the stock market is high as a kite. The truth be told, though, that is where most of the stimulus money went…to the investment banks that then go to the corporations to buy back stock. And it doesn’t matter who buys the stock…the purchase will still push the price up.
But the point is that main street isn’t seeing anything but turmoil and cheap jobs. And it doesn’t seem to get any better. In fact, there just seems to be a never ending slide downward.
One of your considerations for a hobby should be learning a skill that will help you in such times. This is so you can survive by barter and trade. You can make an item in trade for something that someone else wants or needs.
Good examples in this category are baking, monkeying around on the car, hunting, blacksmithing, soldering, welding, etc.
This trait actually goes hand-in-glove with the economy. If things get to where food and supplies are harder to get, then you need to do things that will help you survive. Honestly, there aren’t many hobbies that fall within this grouping, though.
Some hobbies that can fit here are canning, gardening, hunting, raising livestock.
Obviously, raising livestock is applicable for people that already live in the country. But gardening can be taken up by anyone, even if you only have a small plot of land. You could even make a potted garden, if you wanted to.
And if you have a garden going, then canning the excess would be a logical next step. If you decide not to garden, then you can always go to the local farmer’s market and pick up some produce for canning. And canning isn’t difficult. It’s just very precise. You have to make sure that the canning jars, rings, and lids remain sterilized throughout the canning process. But that is the hardest part.
Joy in doing the activity
I believe that you should enjoy what you are doing, whether it’s at a job, or doing a hobby. If it’s not a joy, then it’s just work, plain and simple.
If you’re doing something that you don’t enjoy for a hobby, then you are just wasting your time. Look at it this way…a hobby is supposed to be a form of joy and stress relief. If you feel like you’re slaving at something you don’t enjoy, then you are creating more stress, not less.
So find something that you love and do it.
Next, you may want to consider something that works your body. Sure, you can go to the gym. That’s great stuff, and you get to meet some cool people. But there is an even better thing you can do.
You can get out in nature. There are tons of things that you can do in nature. You can hunt, fish, hike, trail run, mountain bike, mountain climbing, camping, sojourn (if you live in the northern US or Canada), rock climbing, searching for/gathering wild herbs, practicing non-GPS navigation and map-reading. There are all kinds of things that you can do in nature, and after you get the initial equipment, it’s very inexpensive.
And the best part is that you not only exercise your body, you get to exercise your mind as well. And with our idiot box and smart phone (stupid phone?) society, we need to get our minds out of these devices and exercise our minds again by doing useful things.
Author and Youtube personality Aaron Clarey says that the most important thing in life is people. And the most important people in your life should be family.
So it only makes sense that you might want to consider a hobby or two that brings the whole family together. This gives you and your family something that you can share for a lifetime, and even for your kids to pass on to their families in the future. So you would essentially be starting a family tradition.
Some of these hobbies could be baking, cooking in general, base-camping, gardening, and family hikes, to name a few.
Developing skillsets actually links in with survivability and economic woes. The more skilled you are at what you do, even as a hobby…the more sought out you will be for paid or barter work. So you should hone your hobby to a master’s skillset as fast as possible. If that means putting every minute of your free time into your hobby, then so be it.
Besides, if you picked your hobby well, then you would have no problem putting all of your free time into that hobby instead of burning that time watching TV. If fact, you may find that you watch the TV so little that it would be in your best interest to cancel the cable subscription. That would save you about $100/month that you can put toward your hobby as well.
So just take the time into your hobby that you would otherwise be putting into TV watching. You would be surprised how fast your proficiency will develop.
Hobbies are not that hard to learn and develop. The problem is that some hobbies do cost some money in order to get started. And also, so many people are stuck in their smartphones and TVs to even consider learning a worthwhile hobby.
And the funny thing is that the TVs and the smartphones are causing more stress to you than it’s worth. Just get away from the TV. Just push away from the smartphone, and consider that smartphone as a means of fast contact. Otherwise, just stop.
Listed above are considerations for how to find a hobby you love. I hope you gained value from this post, that you heed the posts advice, and find a hobby that involves most the points in the post…especially spending time with family and doing something that you love.
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