Hobbies – What You Should Be Doing with Your Free Time

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The inscape of a person, not to mention your level of productivity, is highly dependent on what you do with your free time.

Hobbies provide a channel for catharsis, which is applicable to everyone regardless of age, and status. They help you develop a diverse range of skills and abilities, making you well-rounded, and can even become long-term passions and even career paths. It can also be a great opportunity to connect with your environment and people around you, with the added incentive of providing a source of income.

Hobbies provide a channel for catharsis, which is applicable to everyone regardless of age, and status. Click To Tweet

Hobbies also have a way of exposing you to the talents and skills that you never knew you had. You never know, you could be the next Tiger Woods if you put your mind to it. What is that one activity you’ve always wanted to try? Take time out and give it a whirl, wonderful things could happen in the process. In the sage words of the business magnate Henry Ford, “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”

What is that one activity you’ve always wanted to try? Take time out and give it a whirl, wonderful things could happen in the process. Click To Tweet

Back in my school days, I had always wanted to try out Lawn Tennis, but I always found a way to excuse myself from giving it a try. I would later overcome my reluctance during my service year, and much to my surprise, I wasn’t very good at it. (Bet you weren’t expecting that twist).

I was outright awful at it, which was hard for me to understand. Turns out it's not the way the Nadal’s and Djokovic’s would make you believe it is; competitive tennis is a fitness struggle. You would never guess the amount of energy expended in chasing that turf-green ball around the court, or what it does to your body afterwards. I couldn’t use the stairs normally for three days after my first session. It was that demanding. However, despite all of this, it was the most fun I’d had in a while, and after a few more attempts I was only marginally terrible at it.

Trying new hobbies takes you further out of your comfort zone than most things can. It lets you discover new things about yourself and your capabilities. (Just like tennis telling me I need to at least get in better physical shape before attempting to make a fool of myself). 

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Whether you’re an indoor person, or you prefer the great outdoors, there is an activity for you. Hiking, camping and biking are just a few of the activities you can explore, should your interests be outside the confines of your home. For indoor hobbies enthusiasts, puzzles, card/board games are tools of frequent employ. You can level up in that respect and do something more challenging like learning to draw or paint. Either way, the world is your oyster!

Some money-earning hobbies can also be attractive; freelance writing, crafting, and baking are just a few among a wide array of activities to try today. You could also learn to play an instrument, or learn to produce music if you are so inclined. A personal favorite of mine is reading. Yes, I know. Cliché, right? The truth is, you can never overestimate the power of a good book at the right time. Whether stuck in a long queue at the ATM or a particularly long car ride; a good book is your friend, and he never disappoints.

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This writer is thinking of trying on a new hobby this month: Mini golf! So, should you have any leads on any mini-golf spots around, share the love, let's grow and have fun together.

What are your plans for new hobbies and activities? Share with us in the comments box below.

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