Is Having a Hobby So Important? Here are 3 Reasons Why.

Synthia Stark

Photo by Diane Helentjaris on Unsplash

Consider the following: 

  • Are you bored out of your mind? 
  • Are you constantly looking for new ways to sustain yourself?
  • Are you being driven to insanity? 

Well, look no further, because hobbies are a great skill to develop.

Hobbies are enriching, productive, and purposeful uses of our own free time. At the very best, our identities are intertwined within these activities, as we get to develop our own talents and skills. by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash

Plus, learning at your own pace is fun. Down the line, we might even cultivate the skills from our hobbies into something much greater than ourselves. 

For example, if you like engaging in photography, you can fine-tune this art so that months or even years from now, it can become a profitable business. However, when you first started, you didn’t originally plan for this to happen.

It just kind of happened.

1. Hobbies Influence Our Identities

At our very core, are our identities. These are the traits that make us unique, whether it is the music you are listening to, to the personal opinions you have on a hot-button topic. by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

With our identities, we look for ways to make sense of our limited time on earth. Whether the downtime we are having is because we not working, sleeping, or spending time with others, we engage in our hobbies for a lot of reasons.

For example:

  • Hobbies give us great joy, especially if friends are in on it as well
  • They enrich us to do more intellectual pursuits, resulting in possible money or even fame 
  • They teach us a new skill or many skills, such as networking and marketing
  • They allow us to deal with stress more effectively, especially if we need an outlet to let our emotions loose 

2. Hobbies Help Us Discover Awesome Things

There are so many websites out there that can teach us how to follow a specific hobby or produce an infinite list of hobbies. However, it can be pretty overwhelming to determine where to start, especially in today’s time, where the world is a bit bleak at the moment. by Bruce Mars on Unsplash

However, when trying out a new hobby, it’s always best to:

  • Try something new
  • Determine if you like said hobby
  • See if it helps you learn skills 

Even if you don’t like the specific hobby that you are doing, at least you tried. It never hurts to try, no matter how hard it is to start.

Plus, you can check it off your bucket list and work on something else instead. Sure, it’s a guessing game but it beats sitting down on the couch all day and it beats having to face ongoing stress at work.

3. Hobbies Keep Us Motivated 

We’re all pretty unique and our hobbies and personal interests vary, especially if you have one person who loves drawing and another person who likes collecting action figures. by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash

However, consider the following:

  • Would I like to do this thing? 
  • Does this hobby have some long-term or short-term incentive?
  • Can I make friends or allies out of it?
  • Am I truly passionate about this?
  • What do my heart and my gut think?

Overall, with time, these hobbies can become a big part of our lives. If we’re truly interested in what we are doing, it helps us be optimistic about our futures and the state of our world.

Personally, here are some reasons why I like hobbies:

  • They make life more fascinating
  • They fill you with a sense of wonder and purpose 
  • They allow you to potentially make lifelong friends
  • They can become profitable, resulting in ingenuity 
  • Experiences generated from them are a great story to tell around the dinner table
  • It teaches you valuable skills
  • It helps you become a subject matter expert
  • It alleviates stress, including anger, where it is redirected into something more meaningful
  • It is relaxing and gives you a sense of courage

Why Hobbies Are Important

As I mentioned earlier, the duration of our life is rather short and being able to make the most out of it will ensure that we are our most happy. by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

It can take a lot of time and patience to see the fruits of your labor. There’s a bit of a learning curve associated with finding that coveted hobby and seeing something come out of it.

It’s perfectly okay, I promise. Just like everything else in life, it is first a challenge, but then many things fall into place, such as:

  • Helping you out with your social life
  • Establishing a unique bond with many others, even if those others are not in your regular friend group
  • Giving you the confidence and self-esteem to join a club or social cause
  • Seeking others for support when the times are tough, even when everyone else bails 

Finding Your Groove

Once you find your perfect hobby, perhaps it’s a sign that you’re really good at what you do. Perhaps you’re a software developer or a machine operator but your greatest passion is writing fictional novels. by Jude Beck on Unsplash

Chances are, you’re probably great at what you do and have yet to find anyone to help support you. Instead, your skills and talents were brushed away.

Perhaps in due time, you will find that you are:

  • Extremely talented, resulting in a gradual career change
  • A lot smarter than you realize, and find that others that agree with your viewpoints 
  • Very confident, resulting in relationship improvements
  • Competent, and can reliably reduce your level of anger or boredom

Keeping Optimistic About the Future

Either way, there are many merits to having a hobby. When all else fails, you can pour your heart into the pursuit, often with little consequence. by Andreas Selter on Unsplash

Plus, you can look forward to it after a long day at work, and be excited for once. From there, you build one skill or two, and then build many more skills, skills that you never previously considered. 

As time goes on, you might even become a better version of yourself. We should all strive for that.

I mean, you are basically:

  • Building your knowledge
  • Becoming an expert
  • Exposing yourself to other opinions and perspectives 
  • Learning to become a critical thinker 
  • Challenging yourself while also having fun 

If you find yourself in a hobby where things are not challenging, perhaps you could change your hobby completely or try out your existing hobby but in a new way, such as: 

  • Changing up the people you are hanging out with
  • Exposing yourself to different content 
  • Shifting your immediate environment 
  • Using a different technique or strategy
  • Watching more allied movies, tv shows, and videos 
  • Networking on a different platform or website

Once your hobbies fill up your downtime, you’re less likely to waste your time. Plus, as the research has shown, having hobbies can increase our productivity, improve overall mental health, reduce blood pressure, and many more. 

The Challenge of Seeking Hobbies as an Adult 

If you’ve gotten to this point, you might be worried about finding a hobby as a proper and functioning adult, as you might think only children do this. by Andreea Pop on Unsplash

Sure enough, that’s a fair assessment to make, but even us adults can get stressed a lot. We do need some outlets to make sure we are not driven to any breaking point. 

Let’s consider some ideas:

  • Knitting, a good way to spend a lot of time and have something comfy to wear at the end of it
  • Photography, a great excuse to go outside, even to the backyard, and document pretty things in nature, like birds and flowers 
  • Badminton, a good way to kick off some steam and get a good workout 
  • Gaming, a good way to share some jokes and laugh at memes with friends 

What if I Have No Passion? 

Even if you feel that you are somehow boring and don’t have a passion, there’s usually something that interests you. Perhaps you need to think about childhood and any remote thing that enjoyed you. by Hugues de BUYER-MIMEURE on Unsplash

Perhaps you once liked:

  • Drawing and doodling, despite the elders getting mad at you back then
  • Dancing, but then you stopped suddenly
  • Skiing, but you’re inhibited by the current state of the world 

Either way, you’re an adult and it’s okay to try to get back to those things. If you personally struggle to get back into a groove, perhaps you can brainstorm similar alternatives.

For example: 

  • Instead of water painting, you are doodling on your fancy computer 
  • Instead of dancing, perhaps you can dance and swim underwater 
  • Instead of skiing, perhaps you can use a 3D headset where you recreate the experience in your bedroom

Overall, the possibilities for a hobby are limitless and there’s a lot of stuff in our world to try. At the end of the day, it’s your life and your choice on what you end up ultimately doing. 

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