I remember being asked in my job interviews, “What are your hobbies?” I never took that question seriously because it was not making any sense to reply the interviewer saying, “singing, dancing, and cooking,” while I was applying for a job in an IT Company. Writing, Reading, and Photography was way away from my love-to-do list then. Ever since I realized ‘I can write,’ and do well in writing, I created a new me. I no more feel shy to say my hobbies to anyone. In fact I proudly explain them; how my hobbies have turned into my passion- and how I’m going to make a career in that.
“Life is more than what we do at work for running our lives on pay-checks”- Read somewhere! And this was the best thought ever read. I did not grow up thinking this way; but just the opposite way. I always believed that money is very important in life, and if you have enough money to keep you happy and to meet all your needs- your life is rocking! But coming this far in life and living all “types of me,” [as a wife, mom, daughter-in-law, and many more relations] I don’t see “too much” money was more important than my self-respect, my peace of mind, and my self-worth, my mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. I closely learned about all the essential parts of me whom I was neglecting, or was avoiding.
Many felt I was not efficient enough to earn a living, or to work in a “good” company. Many left my hand, left me feeling sorry for myself, and to live a guilt-ridden life. I had nobody to trust, and to rise up again and to drag myself and my life out of hopelessness; but my hobbies, my dreams, my faith in myself never left my hand. They were always with me guiding me through all ups and downs, and motivating me to take charge of my life.
Few lines in this amazing book called, “Steal Like An Artist” by Author Austin Kleon totally took me into another world. The way he has focused upon living with your hobbies just stole my heart. I have become such a huge fan of his books and thoughts now. His book made me feel good knowing that, “being creative is good after all.”
I will share those beautiful lines with you: “Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing. I get some of my best ideas when I’m bored, which is why I never take my shirts to the cleaners. I love ironing my shirts- it’s so boring, I almost always get good ideas. If you’re out of ideas, wash the dishes. Take a really long walk. Stare at a spot on the wall for as along as you can. Take time to mess around. Get lost. Wander. You never know where it’s going to lead you.” I have grown doing all these tasks, and I still love doing them. I love spending some time in solitude, because that makes me more creative and I come up with some very good ideas.
Sometimes I believe God speaks to us through different ways: and books are one of those sources. How amazing and miraculous it is to pick a book that totally speaks your heart. That says, “there’s still hope and you can do it. Don’t give up!”
Some more super inspiring lines from the book that speaks,” how having a hobby (s) is important”: “It’s so important to have a hobby. A hobby is something creative that’s just for you.You don’t try to make money or get famous out off it, you just do it because it makes you happy. A hobby is something that gives but doesn’t take. Don’t throw any of yourself away. Don’t worry about a grand scheme or unified vision for your work. One day, you’ll look back and it will all make sense.”
Exactly, isn’t it? Therefore, I feel we all must grow spending time with our hobbies. You never know where they will take you, because you just love doing it. Don’t you?
I want to have the same vision while working my dream at present. I don’t know what’s the future, and why should I do it? But I feel a great deal of satisfaction and joy while doing my hobbies, focusing on my passions at present.
These are reasons how my hobbies changed my world for ever:
- Hobbies show you that you are more than you know about yourself.
- Hobbies make you efficient and purposeful without having you compete or compare with anyone.
- Hobbies can be your best friend/partner all-the-time; in all your ups and downs (trust me!).
- Hobbies helps in building your self-esteem.
- If you are busy with your hobby, you will no longer feel bored or dejected.
- Hobbies challenge you in a good way.
- You can easily calm down as you move your focus from your worries to doing something wonderful. So hobbies are a great way to feel more of life and “be present,” without much worrying about what will happen tomorrow!
- Engaging your mind (and your complete self) in hobbies, invokes positive feelings.
- Hobbies are a great way to acknowledge and showcase your talents.
- “Creative hobbies” make you a happier person.
So what do you think? Are hobbies really important to shape ourselves and to create a better us, better life, and better thinking for our own self? Does any of these relate to you? Please do leave me your thoughts below. And if you liked the article please do share with everyone you know – who’s got a hobby and are extremely happy and proud about that?