Before I begin this post, I want to say that I am working on a book which will contain a lot of the hobby info I talk about on here, plus a ton of other stuff to help you understand hobbies, find hobbies that fit you best, and actually find the time to participate in those hobbies! I don’t have any idea when it will be finished, but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up. Now, on to today’s topic!
A hobby can be created from almost any idea or item in existence. You could collect individual grains of dirt if it brings you pleasure (and I’m sure there’s someone out there who does this). However, I have discovered that even though there are an unlimited amount of hobbies, they all tend to fall in one of three catagories. These are Collecting, Making and Doing. Some hobbies may even fall into more than one of these catagories, but each hobby will fall into at least one, no matter how strange it may be.
Now many of the hobbies I have fall into the first catagory as I am a collector at heart. You can ask my wife about all the junk I have. Collecting is really very simple too. You just find something you like, and you collect it. Some common items people collect are sports cards, stamps, coins, arrowheads, spoons, shot glasses and marbles. Of course you can collect anything and be a collector. There are some things to consider when venturing into collecting though. Are you collecting based on the monetary value of the item? If so, then the items you want to collect could end up costing you quite a bit. However, if monetary value doesn’t matter to you, then collecting could be one of the cheapest hobbies you could have. Even with coin collecting, you can start with pennies or coins you can find in your pocket change.
Making things tends to be a little more expensive to get into, depending on the items you are interested in. If you are interested in making guns, then you would need to buys the tools and the supplies. Those could be pretty costly too. However, you could make things from paper, or items you have laying around the house, and it would be more cost friendly. Just like collecting though, there are almost unlimited things for you to choose from. These can include making knives, swords, guns, pottery, cooking, baking, photography, making videos, and plenty of others. Whichever item you may choose to make, though, you must do it because you enjoy it. If you make guns only because you can sell them, then that is a job, not a hobby. However, if you make guns because you enjoy it, and don’t care whether you sell them or not then it is a hobby. It may be possible to turn a hobby you enjoy into a job you love, but that is a different topic for a different day.
Doing things would include activities that don’t necessarily produce a product, but provide pleasure or relaxation. These would include camping, hiking, bike riding, hunting, fishing, watching movies & tv, listening to music, etc. Just like the other catagories there are many many options to choose from, with many many others being added all the time, so there are no shortage of activities to choose as your hobby. Just make sure that whatever it is you choose, you do it for the purpose of pleasure or relaxation. If you hunt to feed your family, it is not a hobby but a necessity. If you hunt because it’s fun, then it’s a hobby. Hobbies are not performed because you must do them, but because you want to do them. Keep that in mind.
So between these three categories lie all of the unlimited choices in hobbies. By separating them out, however, it may make it easier for you to determine which hobby is for you by first determining whether you are a collector, a maker, a doer, or a combination of the three. I personally enjoy activities from all three categories, but like I said, I am a collector at heart. Take some time to think about what you enjoy, and where it fits in!