Hobbies are having a moment. I keep seeing articles shared on Facebook, Tweets talking about it, and Instagrams dedicated to them. From what I’m gathering, the common thread is that people are realizing you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) work all the time and hobbies are a great way to get some relief from that pressure. The best article I saw shared was this one from Vice, if you’re interested.
I think it goes beyond just having something to do outside of work though. I think hobbies are also a fantastic way to meet people and engage with a community that you may not otherwise cross paths with. I could go on for ever about this, but I think society is having a crisis right now regarding community and a sense of belonging. While the internet can facilitate community, it can also be a trojan horse of sorts for community. You feel connected, but it can be superficial or even exasperate the feeling of isolation.
It’s just a working theory of mine, haha, but I think that desire for community mixed with the craving of wanting to disconnect more for work has left people looking for hobbies.
What even qualifies as a hobby? It has to be something done for fun, in your leisure time, and not for pay.
There’s another layer you have to consider for this… that there’s this overwhelming sense of encouragement to turn hobbies into hustles! My blog, when I first started, was absolutely a hobby… and then I turned it into my career. And while I LOVE it, at the end of the day it’s still work. My mom loves baking and was always whipping things up for us in the kitchen and then turned it into a business herself… so now baking is her work.
There’s nothing wrong with that. BUT I think we have to be okay with keeping hobbies, hobbies.
Even though I blog about what I read, I’d still consider reading a hobby. I’d definitely consider “crafting” a hobby too (with needlepoint, sewing, embroidering, and Cricut-ing falling under that umbrella). Sounds so incredibly dorky but I also would say playing board games is a hobby?!? (We really love Catan and Scrabble hahaha.) And I’m not sure if it “counts” because it’s also for my physical health, but I really love working out.
I’m interested in dabbling in a few more, trying new things and seeing if I like them. Maybe I’ll take up gardening this spring? Or learning how to bake bread?