Hobbies; Where do You Get Them From?

This morning as we sat down for leftover Indian lunch I looked over my plate of food and said, “Hey wife, I was thinking maybe I should get a new hobby?” She giggled and pointed to my cellphone then replied, “Isn’t playing chess online your hobby?” Looking up I starred at her then back at the screen as my opponent made his knight move from H3 to I5 hopping over a couple of pawns to position a check-call.

Uh, I don’t really think playing ‘chess’ qualifies as a hobby. Its just something I do to keep my mind active. And I like participating as I usually end up chatting with a variety of people around the world,” I replied.

Then we went back to our respective mini-computers also known as smartphones.

When did the “cellphone” transform itself into a “smartphone”?

After lunch I went back to the computer to look up “Hobbies”. I was pleasantly surprised to see within the first 3-items mentioned: writing.

This list is the results of my internet search: what’s a good hobby

  • Hobbies, I do
  • Disc Golf
  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Investment
  • Chess
  • Camping
  • Astronomy
  • Hobbies, I don’t
  • Knitting
  • Gardening
  • Scrapbooking
  • Origami
  • Hunting
  • Calligraphy
  • Geocaching
  • Woodworking
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • These are hobbies?
  • Cooking
  • Learning
  • Video
  • Advertising
  • Shopping
  • Baking
  • Mathematics
  • Marketing

After seeing the results I laughed LOUDLY, What is it?” she said stopping herself mid sentence as she penned something on yet another 3×5 card studying. “It said that ‘investing’ is a hobby,” I replied, “as well as researching, blogging, creative writing and watching movies!”

This is when I started thinking perhaps its not just the “hobby” that I am looking for, maybe its that I am looking for “a more active hobby” something that gets me outside and doing rather than inside and doing?

As I pondered this question, I began another search on the internet about hobbies and how to learn a new hobby. That’s when I found “hobby help” and began reading through their massive list of 100 new hobbies: Looking for a New Hobby?

Three things to think of, when looking for a new hobby;

  1. Do something that inspires you
  2. Be sure it will give you purpose
  3. Make it something you will genuinely enjoy

Here is a short list of hobbies that made me think, sure I could try that out to see if I’d be “inspired, have purpose and genuinely enjoy doing it.

  1. Antiquing & Collecting is a great hobby for history lovers. Finding something that captures your passion: furniture, cars, art, jewelry, mechanical devices and more. Learn about the topic, its details and pricing the object.
  2. Bird Watching
    1. can be completed with a pair of binoculars, gets you out of the house and looking for a variety of animals in their natural habitat. Plus you’ll get some exercise, too!
  3. Geocaching is a worldwide scavenger hunt and is a good excuse to get out into the world. You’ll require a bit of navigation, fortitude and you’ll get some exercise, too!
    1. Use an app on your smartphone start searching near you
  4. Metal Detecting
    1. is for someone who is keen on history. this is a great hands-on experience to locate fascinating artifacts found in the Earth.
      1. Requires a good metal detector
        1. a good metal detector can cost $1,500 to $5,000 CAD
  5. Wood Carving
    1. one of the oldest hobbies and a relaxing way of making practical items; spoons, book shelves, coffee tables, bowls, boxes and so much more.

Sitting back and looking around my home office room I’ve begun to notice the objects that surround this area and began laughing at the plethora of hobbies that surround us: collecting wooden masks from travels overseas, gemstones from a handful of road trips to various rock shops, a road atlas of backcountry routes around Central Alberta for those always fun road trips to places unknown, and an old worn out journal from my travels to Australia back in the early 2,000’s.

Carved Masks of Mexico (c) JacksonCrabb Photography