Not that I’m bored. I’m busy all day long, most of the time clacking away on my computer: writing, reading, and interacting. Sometimes I get tired of all the words: the thinking, the typing, the electronic glow of the various screens.
My brain starts to feel worn out.
Much of what I do is enjoyable, but it’s brainwork. The other night, I found myself humming that Peggy Lee song. You know the one.
Especially in the fall and winter when Bill watches wall-to-wall football, I wish I had a hobby. Just something fun and simple that I can do in the house, after dinner, even if the TV is on. Something that doesn’t involve a computer screen.
Do you ever feel as if your leisure time is spent checking things off your to-do list?
I thought about organizing my photos or returning to Ancestry.com, but there again, you’re on the computer, using the keyboard and staring at a screen.
I could garden, but that’s a daytime/outdoor activity. Ditto, my sister’s hobby. She buys things at yard sales and repurposes them. Her latest idea is to find an old broken-down dresser she can paint and turn into a planter full of succulents for the patio.
I’m looking for ideas for myself and to share with my readers. What hobbies do you enjoy?
As I checked around, I found that for some of us, it’s not just the hobby–it’s the enjoyment of doing that hobby with others. Mom, 90, makes all kinds of craft items. She and a group of ladies meet on Mondays, creating objects to sell at their church’s fundraising bazaars.
My cousin, Kathleen, is a master quilter. She gets together with a group of girlfriends every summer. They rent a cabin by the beach up north and spend about a week quilting together and catching up.
Did you know that working with your hands can have the same effect as meditation?
For example, coloring is said to be good for your brain, in that it is calming and engaging at the same time. My friend, LaDonna, swears by coloring books. Although this is a relatively new fad, she’s been doing it for six years. Part of her thing is the enjoyment of finding exactly the right gel pens.
Whenever I color with my grandbabies, it’s fun, and I have to stifle myself so as to not take over their pages. So that seemed promising. I tried coloring, and enjoyed it. I’m actually kind of proud of this.
One of my former coworkers, an attorney, builds and furnishes elaborate dollhouses. She makes everything, and is very much into the details. One of her two-story houses boasts a library suitable for a judge. There’s a bookcase full of miniature books, and even a tiny gavel on the tiny desk. Her houses are works of art!
Here are some other ideas from the people in my writing group: jewelry-making, beading, painting, knitting, sewing, crocheting, origami, Solitaire, crossword puzzles, listening to audible books or music, meditating, drawing and/or painting, light housework, making-ahead of meals, catching up on phone calls, journaling, and planning the redecoration or redesign of your house or garden.
I’m curious about card or board games. Bill and I play Backgammon sometimes, but I have to admit, it isn’t very compelling to me. Surely in the last thirty years or so, some new ones have been invented.
Do you have a favorite card or board game?
I bought a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle and dedicated a card table to its assembly. Wow, that sucker is going to take a while! But it’s a beautiful lakefront scene, which I’ll enjoy looking at as I work.
Last night, I had such a good time on it that when I looked at the clock, it was almost eleven.
Two hours had passed in an instant! I went to bed and slept like a baby. Do you think there’s a connection?
I’m also going to try to learn how to make things out of papier mache. This is going to be my first try:
While researching this topic, I found The World’s Largest List of Hobbies. Although I don’t think I’m going to be herping anytime soon. Also, you can go on Pinterest and search for hobbies. Like I did, here.
You know what’s wonderful about this pursuit? I’m excited. Like right now, I’m thinking about how much I’d like to color, or work on the jigsaw puzzle, but I want to save these activities for evening, when my mind is tired. I’m pacing myself.
I haven’t felt this way in years – the thrill of thinking I might create something with my hands, without much cost, ideally out of something lying around the house waiting to be repurposed (as in the papier mache made from newspapers.) More than that, I feel as if I’m getting back in touch with my inner five-year-old, that nice little kid who hadn’t yet been slapped around or had her heart broken or learned to sublimate her spirit for the realities of adulthood.
What do you think? Are you with me? I’d love to hear about your hobbies. Let’s share in the comments below, and I’ll update you from time to time with new ideas. Let’s have some fun!
LATE ADD: be sure to check the comments. So many good ideas for hobbies. And here’s something just added by my friend Linda Hoye: The Best Hobbies for Stress on HuffPo.