I have been thinking about this lot… I need a little hobby inspiration!
Let’s Talk Hobbies!
My biggest hobby (no surprises here) is reading. I could (and do!) read for hours and and hours. I also love running (though that’s slow going; my body just can’t run the way it once did), and yoga (haven’t found a good yoga studio here in Charleston – I miss my old studio in New York so much). I have always loved crafts and bought all the stuff to make paper flowers… but it’s still sitting in my guest room, waiting for me to get my act together and craft. To be honest, I think I’m a little bit intimidated?
Movie watching is also big hobby but that can feel a little bit lazy and sedentary. Leading up to the Oscars I obsess over watching every single best picture nominee. Right now I am really really into watching older movies as I’m trying to see all the films from the AFI 100 list.
It is interesting to me that the hobbies we had as kids usually also the things we love doing as adults.
When we interviewed Elizabeth Gilbert for Bad on Paper, she talked about this. I thought it was really accurate. As a child, I had so many hobbies. I was really creative and artistic, which I miss. Crafts were probably number one. I loved stringing beads and making jewelry, I was always crafting things out of polymer clay, at one point my best friend and I constructed a whole “business” selling paper dolls (and accompanying outfits) to my two younger sisters. Someday I am going to write all of that down… we were such scrappy child entrepreneurs!
I was (and still am) mostly an indoor kid, although we had woods behind our house and my sisters and I loved building forts and planting herbs and vegetables. I’d love to have a vegetable garden someday when I have a house… during lockdown in Brooklyn I had more outdoor space and loved growing tomatoes and herbs.
Sometimes I am envious of online crafters… specifically the needlepoint or knitting communities! Both of those things seem like such a nice way to end the day… keeping your hands busy as you watch TV or a movie.
Anyway, I’d love for you to share your hobbies (and how you found them) in the comments, if you feel comfortable. I was so inspired by this reader comment… Elizabeth, and how she took up both ballet and kickboxing!
photo by Laura Saur.