You Need a Hobby, but You Don’t Need Mine

There’s something very special about Hobbies: when you find the right one they become very addictive! The right hobby will fit you like a glove and you will find yourself energized when you are working on it. You will talk about it, dream about it, and share it with the people around you. But the other thing about hobbies is that you can’t force them on someone else. You have to find your hobby on your own timetable. If you are looking for the perfect hobby, you’re in the right place. You definitely need a hobby, but you can’t have mine. Here are some practical tips to help you find your passion!

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You Need a Hobby, but You Don’t Need Mine

Hobbies have seasons

Just like everything else, there are seasons for your hobbies. When I had babies and toddlers at home, I had no time, energy or space for crochet or quilting. But we were able to put the babies in the snuggly or backpack and go for small hikes!

When I had young toddlers, I did not have the time or energy to read big books. Instead, my love for books was focused on our favorite chapter books and chapter books that I could read with the kids. When the kids started getting older and reading books on their own, I was able to start picking up my own book preferences.

Just because you have always enjoyed one aspect of a hobby does not mean it will be the same forever.

Real books for 4th grade boys

Hobbies Have Different Price Points

There are times in your life when you have more or less disposable income to spend on your hobbies. If you are in a season of life where the budget is tight, then adapt your hobby and find ways to live on a shoestring. If you love to work puzzles but can’t afford to buy new ones, then check out ways to find puzzles that don’t cost a lot of money. You could even do a swap with other people who love puzzles.

Read books about New Hobbies

If you are interested in learning a new hobby, then pick up a book that will help you learn the basics. If you have an outdoor-loving family member, then gift them a book that teaches the basics of making your own bush knife with minimal start-up costs.

Making Your Own Bush Knife: A Beginner’s Guide for the Backyard Knifemaker

From outdoor excursions to everyday use at home, bush knives are practical, useful tools. Now, you can make your own!

  • Go-to guide for the beginning knifemaker, metalsmith, or craftsman to forge a bush knife in your own backyard
  • Learn the techniques of forging and stock removal, as well as how to select, quench, and grind steel into a bush knife
  • Helpful information on the types of forges and fuel
  • Written by an experienced blacksmith and knifemaker, Bradley Richardson, from the History Channel’s Alone

Making Your Own Bush Knife

If you love to sew a quilt or crochet but don’t have money to buy new materials, look for ways to recycle things you already have.

When you reach a point in your life where your budget is a little freer, that is when you can spend a little more on your hobbies. If you find that you have excess hobby supplies and you hear of someone just starting your favorite hobby, then pack up some of your extras and share them!

Hobbies can’t be forced

I recently spent some time with some work colleagues and we all shared some of our hobbies. We spent time learning to crochet, crafting with the Cricut, hiking, and playing games. One thing we learned is that just because one person loves a particular hobby does not mean that everyone else will share that passion. It’s fun to learn new things, but at the end of the night, each person has to choose their own hobby!

I have a friend who loves to play video games. That is her go-to hobby and place that she can relax. However, she would never be interested in learning to crochet a washcloth or an afghan. Both of us can appreciate the other hobby, but neither of us will ever switch and take up the other craft or pastime.

When you are talking about your hobbies remember that not everyone shares the same passion for your craft. So enjoy it, share it, talk about it, but don’t push or belittle someone else for not pursuing what you love.

What is your hobby? I’d love to hear your favorite pastime and how you pursue it!

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