No, really. I’m not trying to be rude. You should get a hobby!
Everyone has a hobby of some sort, whether they use that actual term or not. But if your only hobby is watching television in the evening, you might want to see if you can find something else to do that will bring you a less passive form of enjoyment. If you’re looking for a way to fill up some of your free time with something fun, I was asked to review a complimentary copy of Get a Hobby!” by Tina Barseghian, and I can tell you right now that it is a great resource manual if you feel like you want to do *something* but don’t know exactly what that might be.
The book lists 101 different activities that may be of interest to you. Does that sound daunting? Of course it does! Which is why it would be a mistake to immediately flip through each page because the negative side effect is that you’ll suddenly find yourself wanting to try 75 different hobbies at once. That’s why the book starts with a simple self-assessment quiz. Taking it requires less than five minutes of your time and it will help narrow down what type of hobbies are likely to be best suited to your personality; of course, if you are well-suited for ant farming but you’ve always wanted to try something wild like dumpster diving or storm chasing, you can go ahead and learn about those too.
The book is great and very simplified. The author doesn’t try to cram an encyclopedia of knowledge into this book for each hobby. In fact, for the most part, each one takes up two pages. You get a general overview, a history of the hobby, a list of basic equipment that you might need, a sample beginner’s project if applicable, an occasional personal profile, and a list of resources on where to go if you’d like to delve further. It’s the perfect starter’s guide.
It was interesting to see how many of my own hobbies (past and present) are in there – blogging/journaling, stargazing, collecting, beachcombing, calligraphy (past), knitting, and photography. There were also quite a few that have always interested me but I’ve just never gotten around to trying them – yet! – like dollhouse building, soap making, and candle making.
The foreword is written by a neurologist who explains the medical benefits that come with relaxing with a hobby. Sometimes moms feel like they just don’t have the time to indulge in their hobbies because they’re busy with the kids all day, trying to juggle work, housework, and the mundane necessities of daily life. Other times they might feel guilty for using up “precious time” for something like a hobby. Well you know, if a neurologist can see the benefits of it, then maybe everyone can find something to do with their time to make themselves happy.
And now you have a book that can guide you towards something fulfilling too!
(By the way, if you head on over to the Parent Blogger’s Network and leave a comment on this entry, you will be entered to possibly win a $100 gift certificate to Michael’s Arts and Crafts – now that is a great way to throw yourself face first into a new hobby!)