Once upon a time, I was a single gal living on my own, without a care in the world. I went to work, came home, watched TV and went to bed. On the weekends I went out with my friends. I didn't have hobbies or anything and frankly, I was bored.
Fast forward a million years, and now I have more hobbies than I can count, two kids that run me ragged and not enough time for much.
Do I wish sometimes that I could go back to living a life of boredom? Sometimes. But, truthfully, even when I do have downtime to just sit and watch TV, I can't just sit. I have to be moving, creating, reading...something.
I've learned that by having something for me, for just me, I feel better about myself. I like to challenge myself and see if I can push myself to learn more. For instance, back in 2008, I started scrapbooking (see an example here). I made a ton of books and had a real good time making them. It was fun to see my work, I was proud of it. But a few things happened since 2008. I found that I take a million pictures. On top of taking a million pictures, I have a hard time deciding what is a scrapbook-worthy event. Do I scrapbook last Sunday? Or do I only scrapbook events? And what events are important? First time on a scooter? First painting?
There was too much pressure. And by the time I got all my supplies out and got started, I would be exhausted and have to put it all away. So I ditched out on scrapbooking. Sometimes I still do it, sometimes, I make a baby book for a friend, but for the most part, I have put all that scrapbooking on the back burner.
But I still needed something for me, so I moved to jewelry. I made some stuff, like these washi tape earrings or these spray paint earrings and I still make jewelry, but it's definitely not something I want to do exclusively. I just don't wear enough myself to justify it. And honestly, jewelry making is expensive.
Then there was painting
and wood working
And I get that not everyone is artistic or crafty. But your craft doesn't have to be an actual craft. Are you a reader? Well reading is a hobby. I mean, just ask me...back in 2011 I read 117 books. Want to read the reviews? Check out my book blog then.
Are you a dancer? Then dance.
Are you a singer? Then sing.
Do you love wine? Then drink it!
I still do paper crafts and I still make jewelry, but I don't ever limit myself, or pigeon hole myself. I want to try it all. I want to find something that I end up being amazing at, but right now, I am fine with just being okay at sometimes.
But keep busy. Find what makes you happy as a person, as a human, and just DO IT. And don't be afraid to try something. Groupons are great for this. It's how I tried out glass blowing too. Put yourself out there, get out of your comfort zone and just try. It's the same thing we keep telling out kids every day, all you have to do is try.