Monday, 19 June 2017
Here chez 182 we have hobbies. Mr. 182 brews beer and builds rockets. I like photography, writing, and drawing. Time permitting, I also design things and clothes, and sew them. Certainly brewing beer and building rockets have more out-of-pocket expenses than drawing and writing, but the payoff is the same as my less expensive hobbies: we both enjoy doing them, we are happier people for doing these creative endeavors, our minds work, our bodies move. The benefit of a hobby is more than just about spending money!
Having time to do something you like is sometimes hard to find. Setting time aside to do something you enjoy is wothwhile – it gives you something to look forward to, useful products emerge – you cannot argue about the value of good, inexpensive beer! – and there is a sense of satisfaction and raison d’etre which work does not always provide.
Hobbies are also a good way to connect with others with similar interests. Sometimes this is through online groups, but even better is when you join local groups with real, live people! Isolation is an issue for many people, especially older people when they retire and kids move out of the house. Fostering an active community and being part of one is significant for health reasons, physical, intellectual, emotional.
Hobbies also help cope with stress. Doing things, rather than being a receptacle for the TV’s antics, helps the mind sort things out on a subliminal level. Many times when I am frustrated or trying to figure things out, I “put it on the back burner” (of the stove), and let it simmer. While that is going on, I do something else. Often, solutions present themselves after immersing myself in creative activities.
The mind is an amazing thing. Right side and left side connect through the corpus callosum, and each half has its duties, both of which are completely different. Getting them to work in harmony is wonderful – like a piece of art in itself.
Altogether, hobbies are worthwhile investments in yourself and those around you. Creativity fosters new ways of thinking. Rocket parts cost money. Brewing costs money. Drawing and sewing and photography cost money. How much is spent depends on what is needed. The budget should always allow for such activities.
The costs of not having hobbies is far greater . . . there is a loss that goes beyond the dollars saved that cannot even be measured.