AD | I don’t know about anyone else but picking up a new hobby as an adult is so much harder than when you were a kid. When you’re younger, you have access to all the free after school activities (being a bit of a Hermione Granger, I did a lot of them) as well as an array of out of school activities that your parents will reluctantly pay for you to do as well. During my time at school, I worked my way through flute lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, dancing, drama, tennis, badminton, trampolining and lacrosse. If I had a time turner, I’d probably have taken more on.
Regrettably, I never stuck to any of them. My drum lessons were my favourite and the thing I stuck with the longest. I loved drumming, I loved my teacher and I even passed a few exams in drumming. But like most things, it fizzled out. I grew up. And my drum kit was left to gather dust in the loft.
When someone asks what my hobbies are, I really struggle to think of an answer now. I wouldn’t consider blogging a hobby anymore – because it’s my full-time job at the moment. Reading? Gaming? I suppose they could fall under the hobby umbrella. I watch a lot of Netflix and TV series. But I’d consider that more of a past-time.
Where hobbies are concerned, I’m a bit limited really. I love keeping busy, I love learning new things and working towards something. So I’m not sure why I don’t have more hobbies than I do. I want to be one of those super interesting people that can say they go wind surfing of a morning, then onto an art class, cooking class, a spot of tennis then a wine tasting in the evening. I mean, does anyone say that?
So anyway, onto the actual point (remember one of those?) of this post. Here are some hobbies I’d love to pick up if time, money, talent and convenience were no object.
Go karting, rock climbing, wind surfing and other more “extreme” sports
I bet this surprised you? If I wasn’t so anxious all the time and such a baby about hurting myself, these sort of sports would definitely be on my agenda to pick up as a hobby. I’ve always liked sports, moving myself and doing something physical but my anxiety stopped that.
I’ve been on a few activities holidays with my school where we did rock climbing (which I LOVED and was surprisingly good at it!) and wind surfing (again, LOVED it) and I always thoroughly enjoyed myself. Proper Go Karting I’ve never tried but I’d definitely like to!
Ancestry / Finding out about my family tree
One of my old friends from school’s Mum was really into this and I remember almost every time I went to her house, her Mum would be sitting there on the computer on some family tree website. She got really far and managed to trace her family back hundreds of years and I’ve always thought it sounded fascinating.
I can imagine that’s a really relaxing but also satisfying way to spend your time. I know it’s not for everyone, but I love the idea of finding out more about where I came from and my heritage. Who knows what you’d find? CRI Genetics offer DNA testing for anyone interested in the same!
This could very well be a case of becoming obsessed with Strictly Come Dancing but I actually did used to have dancing lessons for a number of years – I was even in a show where I danced to Fame and Car Wash *cringe* and dancing is something I’d love to pick up but fear I’m too old now. At 26.
Watching other people dance instantly makes me wanna get up and move. I think dancing can be incredibly beautiful and emotive but also fun and a great form of exercise. I’d love to give a Samba and a Tango a go!
I realise I’m going from one extreme to the next here but I’ve never been someone to only be interested in one type of “thing”. Scrap-booking is something I’ve wanted to pick up for a while now but I worry that I haven’t got the patience for it. I’m terribly impatient.
But my reasoning is because I don’t like clutter and I’m not very sentimental when it comes to objects so I thought keeping all my memories, photos, keepsakes, receipts etc in a scrapbook which I can completely make my own would be really beneficial. Because it’s tidy and everything is in one spot! Hello Bexa has some beautiful examples of her scrapbooks on her blog!
What hobbies have you always wanted to pick up but never have? In an ideal world, what would you like to try? Let me know!
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