pick a hobby. any hobby.
Before the brave new world of smartphones, I had things to do. Fun things. I always loved to read, journal, do anything outdoors, play sports and games, hang out with my friends, watch movies, listen to music, work out and on and on. Seriously, life before technology was good––like, we really didn’t know what we were missing. Just texting on my pink flip phone was super cool.
I’m not going to sit here and rant about how much better the world was before smartphones and technology. Shoot, I love technology and my rose gold iPhone. But I am going to tell you that hobbies are still important––maybe even more important now, since constantly scrolling through social media feeds (or reading my blog?) could be your nightly pastime. Hey, no judgement here.
Hobbies broaden your horizons, keep you active and engaged with life, hone new skills and literally enrich you as a person. We all need them to stay happy and healthy. Not that I’m a poster child for anything except fumbling through life, I do have several hobbies––even in high school when I didn't consider myself to have hobbies because I thought a hobby meant, like, knitting or making friendship bracelets. Psh.
The fact is: I did have hobbies; I just didn’t know that’s what they were. (I’m still not a huge fan of labeling in general. Putting something or someone in a box by labeling it/them sounds terrible.)
In contrast to the day job and all other must-dos in life, hobbies are an escape. They're something done to refresh your mind, body or spirit. I look forward to my hobbies. They make me excited to be alive at times and give me small things to look forward to. It’s all about the small things, isn’t it?
Think for a moment about what interests you. Those interests are hobbies, or could at least lead you to hobbies. For instance, I absolutely love stories (and obviously writing) so just imagine how much I love a good book. I also love the outdoors and feeling fit. So, jogging, weights, walking or swimming usually does the trick--not to mention my two crazy dogs who end up pulling me and making me jog even more on their walks.
My hobby tonight involves sitting at my dining room table writing about something I believe in and sipping on a cup of pomegranate green tea. I'm home from yoga and a quick Publix run––yes, jammies on. Oh, and there’s a show on in the background. Not bad, eh? Hobbies are sort of these small happy moments spent doing something you love.
Another thing: taking time here and there for yourself is not selfish. In fact, it’s more selfish to not take occasional time for yourself. Without some ‘me time,’ I’m not my most refreshed or best self. Life is too much most of the time. Mini breaks from the pressure, stress and hectic schedules of life are necessary to keep you at your best for your job, spouse, family, responsibilities and even friends.
Don’t think you have 30 spare minutes this week? Make it a priority, and you’ll find the time. Trust me. ;)