“What are your hobbies?” So many people respond that by saying “When I was young I used to…”. Whatever the hobby was, dance, sport, painting, reading, etc…, you quickly understand that they don’t do it anymore. Why? The possible reasons are as numerous as those hobbies: the person is physically impaired for that activity; the hobby costs too much; not enough time for it; what was once a hobby has become a full time job and is way less fun now. Instead of giving up, it’s perhaps just the right time for find a new hobby.
One of the easiest things to do is to find a hobby in relation to the ones you used to have. You liked to practice a sport, but can’t anymore, try to become a coach. You loved painting, but don’t have money for expensive material, buy some cheap drawing stuff, try scrapbooking or photography.
If you have absolutely no idea of what activity would please you, find initiation courses of basically anything. You may turn out to be really bad at it, but there is a chance that you discover a hidden talent. Sometimes, even if you are not really good at something, you enjoy doing it and being around people with the same degree of expertise as you, that is zero, may be a good start. If you don’t like what you tries, drop it! And try something else!
Take in consideration your personality. You are impulsive and impatient? Sewing is the last thing you should consider. You have an unconditional love for small details? Consider building model airplanes. The most important is to do something that you like and feel good doing.
You can also thing about what you liked to do as a child. Remember what activities made you happy no matter what your parents, your friends, your teachers said. If you liked to ride your bicycle, you could buy one and go discover a park or even the streets of your city from a different point of view. If you have awesome memories of you playing with plasticine, buy some clay to see if you still have the special touch.
Some people not only like to be around others, they need it. Find some friends who would love to discover a new restaurant every month, or a new book, or a new pub.
You could join a club. You can find people to discuss about nearly anything nowadays, from comic books to WW2.
Take into consideration what you value. If education is important to you, you could find a great satisfaction in helping other people to read. You may find giving your time to those in need very fulfilling and purposeful.
Never forget that Internet is your friend. Youtube is full of How to videos. Watch some of them randomly and if anything catch your attention try to do it. You could find out that you really like floral arrangements, or pastry, or recycling old furniture. Perhaps all you needed was clear instructions and tips to do those things easily and quickly.
Last of all, always say “yes”. Would you like to do some camping this week-end? Yes. I need some help to refurbish my garden, would you help me? Yes. I’ve started drama courses, they are great, and would you like to join? Yes. A simple yes can offer endless possibilities.