A Hobby? Do you really have time for that?

That’s a common question that I get every time I mention my hobbies.  People nowadays almost expect that one should not have a hobby – that’s nonsense!

Being a Busy Human does not make you a robot – you need to find your own way of unwinding after a long day of working (whatever working means for you)!

Some people prefer to go for a walk/run or practice a sport.  Others prefer a less physically active option – watching a good TV series, reading, gardening, breeding fish/snails/shrimps, stamp collecting, seashells collecting, watching paint dry, star-gazing, sleeping, and the list is never-ending.  Some of you might be saying: Wait a minute!  How is ‘watching paint dry’ a hobby?  

hobby artPhoto by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

What is a hobby?

The most authoritative Internet source available – Wikipedia (hmm!) – defines a hobby as:

hobby is a regular activity done for enjoyment, typically during one’s leisure time, not professionally and not for pay. Hobbies include collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements. Participation in hobbies encourages acquiring substantial skills and knowledge in that area.

Sarcasm aside, I do believe that’s quite an accurate categorisation of the term.  People engage in hobbies for a variety of reasons.  In my case, my motivation depends on the mood and energy level.   I am an avid freshwater fish keeper and have recently also started keeping freshwater snails.  There is something mesmerising about an aquarium and the sound of water trickling through an aquarium filter.  Also, while others might see freshwater snails as mundane, there is something quite interesting and (again) calming about a snail looking for food while sifting through aquarium sand.  I know that this is not everyone’s cup of tea but I just wanted to give you a glimpse of what motivates me to keep fish and snails (as an example).

On other days, I just feel like going out for a walk, preferably a long one, especially if my energy levels allow it and I am home at a decent time.  I might have spent the last 8, 10, 12 hours at the office but, in the right mood, I may still want to go for a 5 to 8 km walk (or maybe, jog).

Although I am not a keen TV fan, I do find myself watching (staring?) at a TV screen watching something that is utter nonsense or of no particular personal interest.  Why do I do it?  Someone else is watching it and I happen to be in the same room and it allows me to not think about anything and simply focus on what’s happening in the TV show.

What is my point here?

These activities allow us to switch off part of our brain that is very easily overworked during any given day.  It allows us to feel good, relaxed, at peace – this is very important as we do often lead a very stressful life.

Every human being has different priorities, worries, concerns and challenges.  In my case, my full-time job keeps me extremely busy and alert.  In my wife’s case, being a stay-at-home mum at this point in our life, my daughter is a key focus of her day-to-day activities – that’s not an easy job!  Whatever your focus is, you need something that takes you away from that and allows you to ‘switch off’.

I will share more information on my own hobbies later on in this section.  In the meantime, take good care of yourselves and your loved ones.

– Busy Husband


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