Wasting My Time: Hobbies, Are They For Real?

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Some think that hobbies are a waste of time as you get older. Some are dumb. You need hobbies at any age to get you engaged in something outside of your normal, everyday routine. Without hobbies as an adult – you’re a mundane shell of a human being. Now, note that hobbies can be just about anything. You don’t have to go and join a bowling league or pottery class and that’s why this month will explore a trio of hobbies I noticed were all the rage with folks in their 20’s and 30’s; traveling, going out to as 50 Cent would say, “da club,” and running marathons. First though, the idea that people can view hobbies as a waste of time. Perhaps because these people think it’ll take someone nowhere, or do nothing for them and is just a waste of time and in most cases money. While some hobbies can be time consuming and costly, as long as they make the person happy – what’s the problem?

Hobbies also open you up to being more social outside of your normal, everyday routine. When Carol from the office is driving you nuts and you can’t seem to find anything to talk to your coworkers about, you can find solace in knowing that when you head to your weekly Buffy the Vampire Slayer meeting – you will have a smile and lively conversation. Felicia Day was homeschooled and often times thought there was no one out there who loved what she did – that was until she discovered the internet. With that came attending conventions of which she spoke in You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), “There were so many people meeting to celebrate something they loved. I wanted to be a part of that.” So that’s what she did. She met with people who shared her interests and made friends with those who found her hobbies to be as cool as a snowcone.

So the major plus side to having hobbies as an adult is the social aspect of it all. Sitting at home on the internet on a message board does not count. What Day did was actually take her connections offline. Of course, you have to be careful. That’s the problem with people today. They think they can do everything on an app and that’s just fine. You cannot Snapgram your way into a life. Hobbies are physical, they are about being in the moment. So get out and get one, no matter how weird it is – there is someone or someone’s out there who share your interest. Like Day says, “No one should feel lonely or embarrassed about liking something.” You are not alone in your love for of cancelled 80’s cartoons that never made it past a first season, or Steve Guttenberg. You know what you’re into, so embark on it as a legit hobby and get out of your normal, everyday routine. Because while some people think it’s weird and a waste of time to spend a lot of time and in some cases money on a hobby – isn’t it even weirder and a waste of time to sit and do nothing but live the same life day in and day out?

The remainder of this week will be filled with an interview with a girl who spends a lot of time blogging, umm, I’ll talk about blogging and then go into one of Steve Carell’s finest moments before ending with how to make your hobby into a career in some cases.

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