When I completed my high school and was leaving for undergraduate education, one of my friends gave me a scrapbook to fill. I found a question on hobbies. That was the first time I listed down my hobbies. I remember, I wrote, "Cricket, cricket, cricket". As I grew up, I had the opportunity to try many different things in life. Some of them were short-term hobbies. And some kept going on. Like this one: writing.
I questioned myself. Why do we develop hobbies? There are many reasons, which can be narrowed down mainly into two, in my opinion. Reason one is that we want to have a good and quality time when we are alone. Reason two is that we want to have a good time with others. So simple! Ha ha....So hobbies do sound like something valuable in our lives. Don't you agree? I think they are useful because they are nurturing, and stimulate our creative minds. They also provide some fascinating memories, when we share them with people whom we love. So, if you have not developed some hobbies, I would encourage you to do so.
So, what hobbies should we explore? There are too many, from walking to sky-diving. What should we actually explore? I think it depends on what kind of person we are. We are all gifted with different attitudes, skills and tastes. Some people like seriously adventurous kind of hobbies, whereas others like sit-at-home kind of hobbies. Some people do justice to both kinds of hobbies. What is your personality type?
When I am alone, I mostly listen to music and involve myself in writing. Sometimes I just like to sit still. Other times I enjoy hiking through the woods. I also like to explore more adventurous ones like fighting with lions and bears. Just kidding! Some hobbies that are in my hit list are studying about deep oceans and astronomy. I would also like to experience living in a jungle, if that is possible :) As the famous quote from Eric Liddell of the movie Chariots of Fire goes "When I run, I feel God's pleasure", I sometimes feel such pleasure when exploring these activities. Thank God, that He did not create a limited or uninteresting universe!
About having good memories with friends, I remember about one good holiday trip that we had in the last year, and it lasted for three days. I went out to a small jungle retreat with a bunch of good friends of mine. The weather was nice and a little breezy in the evening. We all sat near a lake, had a campfire, grilled hamburgers, shared positive experiences in our lives, did canoeing and hiking, carved pumpkins and played jungle pong. Some of us played acoustic music. This was one of my many memorable experiences that I had with my friends.
I like nature. I like people. I want to spend a good amount of time in nature and with people I love. This gets me energized and inspired. It gives me immense joy having such fellowship with people. These people could be family members or good friends. Most of my hobbies are related to my spending time in nature or with people; writing, photography, cooking, hiking, tennis, cricket, potlucks, swimming to name a few.
So, do we need to have hobbies? We need them when we use them wisely. They should not be "the" heart of our lives. Thanks for reading this article of mine, and I wish you good luck with your hobbies.