I don’t think I have any hobbies.
Is this a problem?
I don’t think it’s a problem, but it’s one of those commonly asked questions that I never have an answer. One of those getting to know you things-which I’m a complete failure at by the way. You want me to narrow my entire musical spectrum and love to a singular song or artist?! What?! *cue anxiety* Even my favorite color is up for debate. I love orange, red and purple. Black is good too. I don’t like bright yellow. In fact, I’m better identifying what I don’t like than my favorites.
(Where was I going with this?)
Right hobbies. I can’t really say my hobby is reading. I don’t think of that as a hobby. To me, a hobby somehow involves you creating something, or doing something. To me, saying reading is a hobby is like saying drinking water is a hobby. It’s innate and quite frankly something I think everyone should do. (Steps off of soapbox.)
Blogging–not a hobby. Not even close to being a hobby. This is my way to connect to other writers and readers. It’s viable and available at my fingertips, allows me to practice writing and gives me a beginning of one of those fancy writer platforms. (Don’t know what writer platform is? Don’t worry, I’m going to tell you about it later this week.)
Listening to music. There’s time when I just listen to the music playing in my head. (What you don’t have a personal soundtrack?) I just enjoy it, and it ties into my writing. A few weeks ago, I had asked my friends on my Facebook author page to give me some songs for the book I’m currently writing. You guys are awesome, and I created a Spotify list. I now listen it to it… a lot. So good. I wouldn’t call that a hobby though. You can check it out here if you like.
I don’t do crafts, or make jewelry. I don’t sew. I don’t play sports or even chess. Is goofing on bad movies like an even lower rate version of Mystery Theater 3000 a hobby, or just hilarious and slightly obnoxious? Maybe I should start playing at Cheekybingo? I cook for survival purposes and to show The Mathemagician that I think it’s A-ok, but not as a hobby. Our place in Hawai’i (oddly enough) has no outdoor space, a lanai that we can’t put stuff on and our indoors isn’t bright enough to grown even a tiny pot of basil.
Isn’t it important to do more than just research, write and social media? Shouldn’t I have more going on than my Nook’s library and Netflix? I’ve always heard it was an important part of human development to have a hobby, but I’ve just figured out that I don’t have one. Maybe I need one.
What do you do when you’re writing, blogging, surfing these internets? Let me know in the comments. Maybe it’ll give me some inspiration.