Hobby Wannabe (Finally Pick Up These Hobbies)

“So, what are your hobbies?” 

For a question we all hate, it gets asked way too often. What is and when is something considered a hobby? You wake up, go to work, eat, and sleep, perhaps watching some TV somewhere in the day. Does any of that count? 

Sure, you have things you would like to call your hobbies. They continuously appear on your Bucket List or New Year’s Resolution. And while you could theoretically take them on, it just seems like a hassle to start. 

But it’s a new year, the perfect time to start the hobbies you’ve been dreaming of answering that annoying question with for years. Stop being a hobby wannabe. Delve into the interests you’ve wanted to learn for years. 

Do you have so many future hobbies you don’t know where to begin? Try these three to get started, learning to make time for your interests and marking one skill off your list. 

  • A bheil thu ag iarraidh gus teanga ura ionnsachadh? Try learning a new language. You don’t have to become fluent, but whether you study the structure of Klingon or some common German phrases, you’ll challenge yourself to learn. Others who hear you will be shocked as they try to recollect their high school Spanish. 
  • Get back to old hobbies. You use these hobbies when people ask about your interests, but you are out of practice. A half-finished project that has been moved from spot to spot instead of simply completing it calls to you. Polish your old trumpet from high school band or go searching for your dream guitar. Whatever craft has fallen to the side over the years, now is a good time to pick it back up. 
  • For a room devoted to cooking, it’s amazing how many of us don’t know the basics to use the kitchen often. Expand your cooking knowledge, breaking away from nights of takeout. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to do more than boil potatoes or brown meat with practice. As you build on your favorite recipes, serve this Creamy Spinach Risotto with Roasted Tomatoes to wow your family. 

Whether you are encouraged by continuous learning or going after a lifelong dream, give yourself a new fun fact and tackle the hobbies you’ve been wanting to take on for years. 

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