What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your spare time?
This use to be one of the toughest questions for me to answer because I didn’t have a straightforward answer. I’m doing something new all the time.
I could tell you I enjoy woodworking. I once read all I could about it, purchased tools and lumber, and built a planter bench for my plants. It was fun and rewarding to see this piece of furniture that I’d built myself. But after the completion of that project more than a year ago, I haven’t lifted a tool up since.
Or I could say I enjoy listening to podcasts. I listened to podcasts as much as I did music. I’d have a podcast running while I was working, cooking dinner, and cleaning the house. I couldn’t get enough of them and spent hours every day listening to podcasts then finding more to queue up. One day, Andrew and I purchased an Apple Music membership and my podcasts slowly phased out for hip hop and R&B. I haven’t listened to a podcast in months.
By definition, a hobby is something you do in your leisure time on the regular. But there’s nothing regular about any of my interests. Which leads to the other point…I have too many interests.
I’m literally interested in everything and anything. In the last year I’ve dabbled in lettering and calligraphy, iPhone photography, Thai massage, vlogging, and reading self-help books. I get really involved and just like that, I get bored or discover something new that interests me more.
Andrew knows it all too well because I’m constantly bringing up new ideas and projects with him. I find a new interest and get really, really obsessed over it (he’s laughing as he’s reading this because I’m currently obsessing over something HARD). Remember that scene in Nightmare Before Christmas when Jack stumbles upon a whole new holiday and is absolutely blown away by this discovery? Like that’s actually me…every few months.
I always thought there was something wrong with me and it became a source of shame. There were times where I’d carry out a new interest in private and not tell anyone about it because I felt like they wouldn’t take me seriously. They’ve heard it alllllll before anyways.
Or worse, I was worried about being labelled as a quitter. Society doesn’t like quitters and I definitely didn’t want to be known as one.
It took a while for me to readjust my thinking and see that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with me. There are also A TON of people out there like me.
I’m a curious person with fleeting interests. I do something until that curiosity is satisfied then I move on. Like most things in life, there are things that will naturally run its course and reach an end. No particular reason why, it just does.
I don’t need to finish something I’m no longer interested in just because I started it. Rather, I can spend that time on something I’m interested in right now. And let’s not forget that life is a very exciting thing and there are millions of interests out there waiting to be discovered.
So if someone asks what my hobbies are, I tell them what it is that I enjoy doing at the moment. The fact that this might change in the next year, next month, or next week, I just leave that part out 🙂
Do you have ever-changing interests?