I stumbled across this this quote one day while trolling Pinterest for recipes I’ll never make. I read it and thought “Yes, yes, yes!” It seemed like the perfect description of the work/life balance we’re all so desperately trying to achieve.
One to Make You Money
This is usually called a ‘job’. Sometimes referred to as a ‘career’. I like to think of work as ‘a hobby that makes me money’ because it automatically made me assess if I liked my job.
I am fortunate enough to like my job, but this wasn’t always the case. At the time, I was working in an industry that wasn’t a good fit for me and I had a long commute so all my down time was spent on the road.
I was in the wrong place, but I was too caught up in trying to make the daily grind work that I couldn’t see it.
Now I’m in a better place, somewhere I feel at home, and I’m much more comfortable applying the ‘hobby I get paid for’ idea to this job.
Would it suck if Justin were suddenly unemployed? Well, sure. But calling my job a ‘hobby’ reminds me not to take everything so seriously.
One to Keep You In Shape
There’s a persistant myth surrounding exercise. I hear it all the time. “I can’t run/bike/walk/whatever. It’s too boring.” I usually just shrug and say, “Okay. Then don’t do that.”
Look, no amount of calling my sport boring will change the fact that I like it. Everyone likes different things. I also happen to like jumping on trampolines and doing boot camp-like classes. I, however, cannot stand Zumba. So I stick with what I like.
You don’t have to like what everyone else likes. I overheard a spin instructor say, “The best form of cardio is the one you’ll do.” Keep looking for an activity that makes you happy. There’s a whole world out there. You’ll find something.
One to Be Creative
I struggled with this one for a minute, but not because I couldn’t identify my creative hobby. I’m a writer. I know that, though it took time to be comfortable saying it out loud.
I struggled with this because my writing goals have changed over the years. I’m trying to publish stories now and when I read this quote I didn’t want to downgrade something I’m working so hard on to the level of ‘hobby’.
I think of writing as more of a calling. It’s something that I’d like to be paid for and I work hard toward that goal, but if I don’t get paid for it I’m going to do it anyway. I take writing very seriously. I aim for professionalism in all my interactions with editors and other writers.
‘Hobby’ is a squishy word. It implies a waste of time instead of something that sings to our hearts. But that’s usually what hobbies are. They are the things we’d do even when no one cares if we do them. Hobbies are the things we love doing.
Maybe that’s what the quote should say instead.
Find three things you love: One to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.
Because that’s what we really mean when we talk about hobbies. Doing the things you love.
I challenge you to go back and read that quote again. Don’t just dismiss it thinking, Well that’s nice for someone else, but I can’t do that because. . .
Yes, you can. And I promise you’ll be happier for doing so.
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