Today’s Problem – Hobbies
What’s the problem with hobbies? I don’t really know. Is it that they can be too expensive and time consuming? Or is it that it’s too hard to actually find a hobby? Could be either I suppose. You know what, let’s just cover both of those. This blog post is going to be a two for one. A twofer. I’ve heard it both ways.
Too Expensive and Time Consuming
Hobbies can get expensive rather quickly. It’s really easy to pump money into something that you enjoy a lot. Not to mention that your purchasing patterns for any hobby can naturally be quite impulsive. Sounds like a dangerous combination. Your bank account and hobbies probably don’t get along real well. I can speak from experience on that one. My disposable income usually goes towards vinyl records and occasionally model trains. But hey, work hard, play hard right? Or at least do something that resembles working and then spend the money you earn on fun things.
In addition to this somewhat inherent expensiveness, hobbies can also be pretty time consuming. After all, if you really like something, it only makes sense to put extra time and effort into it. It’s a commitment. You get out what you put in. Hobbies should be activities that you invest a lot into, and get an equal amount of enjoyment out of. They’re also time consuming in that you should partake in enjoying them on a consistent basis. That consistency is key for the activity to actually be a hobby. Let’s take a look at some possible solutions for these hobby problems:
- Budget it out: Make yourself a budget for spending on your hobbies. It can be a monthly or weekly budget. Whatever floats your boat. Obviously the idea here is to put a limit on what you spend. This should help to curtail any whimsical notions that you get to go crazy dishing out money on hobbies.
- Make a schedule: There’s always the option of making a schedule for your hobbies. Maybe it sounds inconvenient to limit the time you spend on them, but it could actually make them more enjoyable. It might give you something to look forward to at the end of a long day at work. Or it could be fun to schedule time with a friend who shares your hobby. This can let you begin to view your hobbies as a nice reward, instead of time consuming problems.
Finding Hobbies can be Hard
Finding hobbies can be just as difficult as dealing with the problems that come from actually having them. At least I feel that way. It’s sometimes a challenge to find an activity worthy of the time and money investment discussed above. For example, you might enjoy playing video games, but it could be argued that it’s not your hobby unless you play them multiple times each week and buy so many each month.
I think social pressures can also make it hard to find the right hobby for yourself. It may come from wanting to belong to a certain social group or institution. We’ve all seen the typical “What are your hobbies?” question on college and job applications. Wanting to have an answer to that question can make you force yourself into the wrong hobby. Here are some tips for dealing with this aspect of hobbies:
- Don’t rush it: Try not to feel like you need to quickly decide on a hobby. It’s not like somebody will beat you to it and it’ll be gone forever. Think about what types of activities interest you. Are you an active person? Or do you prefer more relaxing endeavors? Let finding a hobby be more of a natural process. If you give it time, the right hobby may just come to you!
- Avoid the bandwagon: Don’t go jumping on that ol’ wagon wheel cart. This ain’t the Oregon Trail silly! But seriously, don’t pick up a trendy hobby just because everybody’s doing it. Even if you’re desperate for one. Trust me, you won’t be happy. I mean I’m usually a believer that “Everybody’s doing it!” is a good enough reason for anything (like reading some of my Millennial Problems material). Except this time. You’ve gotta love a hobby to make it meaningful.
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