Finding your passion(s), at least to me, is a huge part of enjoying life. Personally, I used to feel pretty empty and unproductive before I actually went out and tried to find something I enjoyed. Everyone’s different, so take everything I have to say with a grain of salt. This is just a little bit of my life and what worked for me. Hopefully, something sticks and you find a bit that works for you! Let’s get into it.
Switch It Up
I’ve found that I adopted a weird trait from my wonderful mother. We both tend to cycle through hobbies and activities that are somewhat related. As I was growing up, I noticed her have phases. First, it was beading; she loved having little get-togethers with other moms and daughters and make bracelets and other customized jewelry for each other. It was like an advanced version of friendship bracelets. Then, there was a bit of a home-improvement phase. This was a very short one. You can still see where she got bored of it and just stopped painting in her house. For the past few years though, she’s taken to plants and gardening. She absolutely loves plants and tending to her vegetables in the warmer months and I love seeing her joy when everything goes right. Home cooked meals with homegrown ingredients are to die for. The point is: it’s okay to change what you love.
“Jack of all trades, master of none…
…but oftentimes better than a master of one”
Commonly misquoted, that phrase actually means the opposite of what most people use it for. It’s good to be well-rounded and switch things up every once in a while. When I was a child, I always thought to have one skill that you honed your entire life was the peak of excellence. Really, I was just watching too many kung-fu movies.
This brings me to my next point:
Try New Things
Seriously. Food, friends, events, hobbies. Try everything. You don’t have to be Yes, Man in all that you do, but seriously get out of your comfort zone. Jump off that bridge (figuratively or literally) and do something you’ve never done before. There’s a whole world out there and it doesn’t make sense to stay within your tiny bubble. Obviously, this is easier said than done. I wasn’t exactly eager to try my first toasted grasshopper, but I did it and it wasn’t terrible. Err on the side of safety, though. Don’t go from a poolside diving board into a 50-foot rope swing drop. Or maybe you can – like I said, grain of salt. You know yourself better than me. Throwing everything at a wall and seeing what sticks is a surefire way to find something you love. Maybe even someone you love.
The Social Aspect
Hobbies tend to have some sort of following and people tend to have common interests. Unless you’re a nomad wandering Alaska (my friend’s dream), you probably have a community of people with the same interests near you. Earlier, I talked about my mom’s beading phase. Instead of finding a community, she actually got all of her friends into it. For those of you lucky enough to have a large group of friends, see if they’re interested in your new hobby. Bonus points if it specifically needs more than one person to be enjoyable. (See: board games, sports, video games, eating)
Joining a club is another great way to meet people and try new things and find your passion. Students in college have the perfect opportunity for this. If I had a dollar for every club flyer I’ve had handed to me, I wouldn’t be stuck in all this student debt. Any sort of club pretty much guarantees like-minded people and a huge potential for lifelong friends. Introverts especially need to try this at least once. It worked wonders for my close introverted friends. They’re not really party people, but club gatherings are their absolute jam.
This part doesn’t apply to all the hobbies out there. I’m not entirely sure how you can make a profit off of playing board games. I’m sure someone a bit more business-inclined can find a way. I also can’t really recommend this for other hobbies. Like gardening, for example. I don’t imagine gardening for a profit would be nearly as fun as tending to a home garden.
On the other hand, it’s also possible to make a bit of side cash doing what you love. A guy I used to play video games with went big with it. I’m talking cash prizes for winning Super Smash Bros Melee tournaments type of big. That type of thing isn’t for everyone though. The man took his skill with that amazing game, his competitive nature, and his hard work and turned it into cold, hard cash.
For me, I absolutely love talking. This translates into writing, and, in turn, translated into freelance writing. Writing is my absolute passion and I just love it. I saw that people need writers for more than just novels and decided to fill that niche. I also love hip-hop and all its aspects. I combined those two interests and now write hip-hop blogs for one of my clients. It’s so rewarding to be paid for something you enjoy doing.
The Flip Side
I wanna stress that I am not all-knowing (despite what I may think) and I don’t know what’s best for you. One of my best friends has no hobbies – she watches movies, reality TV, hangs out with her friends, and goes to work. This is fulfilling to her and it makes her happy. No big deal there. Different strokes for different folks. Honestly, I’m a bit jealous. She even eats an insane amount and hasn’t gained weight since the seventh grade.
Anyway, it’s also okay to not have hobbies. Maybe you love not having a hobby. Nothing’s wrong with that! All I know is that I didn’t really enjoy my life as much before I found my passion(s). Enjoy yours however you please. Don’t let some random dude on the internet tell you that you need to find a hobby or you won’t have fun.
Till next time,
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