When I think of hobbies I think of old men working on model trains or women selling button earrings on Etsy. Neither of these things speak to my soul, but what if they were on to something. What if the hobby was what made the ordinary man satisfied with an ordinary existence?
In my last post I noted discouragement brought on by the purpose driven themes of the modern church. I am not saying that having purpose is wrong or even that the Church is wrong to promote or focus on those ideas. I am simply wondering how one without passion, direction, or any one specific obvious talent fares in that economy.
Now back to the hobby. First a definition:
Dictionary.com says: An activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.
Simple and straightforward but I want to emphasize the reason one does a hobby. Not to impress people, not to make money, not to gain skills or education, but for pleasure and relaxation! I realize I might be in the minority on this one but it just strikes me as strange. In all my life I never learned this. How can the purpose of something just be for fun? To me that seems wrong, almost…sinful? It’s a waste of time! It’s being a poor steward of resources! It’s shameful!
I really wonder if there are others who think like this or if it is just me. When people ask me what I like to do for fun I usually mumble something like ‘I don’t have time’ and to be honest I don’t because I am too busy freaking out over wasting my time to enjoy anything.
So my goal is to get a hobby. Something I do only for fun. Here are a few guidelines I have given myself and that you can use to help choose a hobby.
1. Think about what you enjoy doing
2. (for me) It must go beyond the classic 'screen' entertainment: TV, Movies, Video/Computer Games
3. Don’t forget to please and relax your spirit as well as your physical body, try to choose something that edifies mind, body, and spirit or at least two of the three.
For the moment I chose writing online because:
1. I honestly enjoy writing
2. I enjoy teaching and encouraging others
3. Writing helps me order my thoughts
It will be a challenge to do this just for fun. I need to avoid the thoughts that say I need to get an audience so I can make money or a variety of other whimsical thoughts that if gone unfulfilled would lead to discouragement and failure. In this endeavor there must not be the possibility of failure. No, this needs to be only for fun with no goal other than ‘pleasure and relaxation.’
No goals, no possibility of failure.
I can live with that.