Dana posted a link to a list of hobbies that’s got me thinking. Excluding all the ones I have no interest in (rock climbing seems to be a sure trip to the emergency room for me) and the ones I’m already quite immersed in (reading!), I came up with these lists.
I’ve combined similar entries, for space.
Hobbies I already have, but would like to grow in:
Exercise (aerobics, weights) I’m including walking and running here, too.
Gardening Well, if growing plants in pots can be called gardening.
Hobbies I used to have, and would like to rekindle:
Learning An Instrument (guitar, drums, maybe piano again)
Hobbies I have never tried (or tried once and quit), but would like to:
Educational Courses other than for school credit
Learning A Foreign Language
Working on cars
I used to love making pottery in art class. Handling the clay, painting it…all that stuff. I was awful at it, but I had a really good time.
Just now, for some reason, I was remembering what it felt like to create these poor, lumpy little bowls. (I think they were supposed to be ashtrays, though I remember making one little bowl with a lid. They usually ended up on my parents’ dresser, holding change and spare keys.) I got greater satisfaction from it than playing with Play-Doh, because this piece was permanent…for better or worse.
I wonder if there’s a place for adults to do this? Not just paint it – I want to make it, too. To Google!
but when you start pricing bowling shoes and balls, it’s probably safe to call it a hobby.
(Not buying yet…but pricing. I may suck at bowling, but it’s fun and it’s exercise. Beats going to bars!)
I’ve discovered what I like about working with wood: the sanding (surface only, not shaping), prepping and staining. Painting would also be good, if painted wood worked with my decor.
I do not enjoy the cutting part, though. At least, not with my current tools. (Ok, tool: the butter knife-saw thing.)
I do love working with wood, though. The smell, the feel, the finished product. I just think maybe I need to wait until I have a house with a workshop before I tackle any really big projects.
though not quite what (or where) I had in mind. I’ve located classes in floral design, pottery, making stained glass, wire-wrapping stones, and cooking (the cheese class in particular has caught my eye). I’m now searching for a wine-tasting class. And, of course, I found the usual array of dance and exercise classes – haven’t decided if I’m up for an instructor yet, though. A one- to two-day course I could handle; a monthly fee for exercise courses is a bit out of my budget right now.
The bad part about all of this is that the courses cost more than I’m going to have to spare for a while – there’s a lot going on this spring, and money’s going to be tight (even if I don’t buy the couch). But at least I know where to look when I do have extra money. And maybe in the meantime I’ll come across some cheaper (or maybe even free!) classes.
The inspiration for this goal came from…a dream. But it was a really good dream. (I’d say it was very vivid, but all my dreams on Chantix are vivid.) I dreamed that I quit my job and went to work for a florist. And I loved it. I even mentioned to someone in my dream how much happier I was than I’d been at my “old” job.
Now, I’m not just going to quit my job and go work in a flower shop just because I had a good dream about it. But it got me to thinking. There are all sorts of things I’d like to learn to do – flower arranging being one of them – that I never learned to do because they weren’t practical. Well, so what? If I enjoy it, does it need to be practical?
So I’m going to look into taking a class on flower arranging. But I don’t want to limit myself just to flowers here. I made this goal deliberately vague because I want to leave myself open to interests. I’m curious to see what all I’ll come up with.
And who knows – maybe I will become a florist. We’ll just have to wait and see. :)