Over my lifetime, I’ve had a fair share of wide ranging (and sometimes unusual) hobbies, the only two of which I’ve ever really stuck with being reading and writing. I don’t know what it is about me, but I have a tendency to suddenly become super excited about a random new hobby, and then drop it just as quickly when I either A. realise I’m no good at it, or B. just become bored with it.
There’s even a bit of a running joke in my family about me and my mad ideas. My mum tends to humour me and goes with me to the craft shop or wherever to get materials for my latest hobby, whereas my sister is the one who just gives me that look of ‘here we go again!’
I think a lot of it is because I’m what I would describe as a ‘bright ideas person’, and by that, I certainly don’t mean that I’m full of bright ideas! I simple mean that when I get a new idea, I immediately run off with that one, abandoning all the previous ones, because of course my shiny new idea must be better! It’s the same reason I’ve never finished an entire novel, despite being a lifelong writer (I’m crossing my fingers though for my current NaNoWriMo novel…I’m at 65,000 words!), and it’s something that I think can be both a blessing and a curse, hobby-wise. It’s a blessing, because I’ve tried a lot of different things (and variety is always good, right?), but a curse because I don’t really seem to stick with anything.
So I wondered if anyone else is like this, or is it literally just me? I thought I’d do a quick list of some of my tried and tested (and often abandoned) hobbies, and I’d love to know what your hobbies are and if you’ve tried a lot. And please can someone talk me out of taking up knitting (I saw some very cute fingerless gloves on Pinterest that I want to make…)!
So let’s start with one that isn’t a lifelong hobby, but that I’ve stuck with, just to make me feel good! I’ve officially been book blogging for over two years now, but seen as it’s technically writing, I guess we can lump it in with that. Writing is one thing that’s just a fixed part of my identity, as much as reading is, but blogging I feel is a little different because of the community aspect of it. I’m seriously introverted and wasn’t entirely sure how blogging and I would get on, so I tried to force myself to stick with it by going self-hosted straight out and paying for a domain and hosting (I do hate wasting money!). Thankfully, I love it, and blogging is one example of how trying different things can sometimes lead you to find something you truly love!
Photography is another hobby I’ve sort of stuck with, although I tend to be a bit sporadic with this one. I go through phases where I take loads of photos, and carry my little camera about with me everywhere, and then I’ll just suddenly forget for a while, and then think ‘oh yeah, I haven’t taken many pictures lately!’ and suddenly I’ll be back into it again!
I guess in my head, I always see myself as more artistically talented than I actually am, because I’ve tried so many arty hobbies, and even nearly went to study Graphic Design for my degree instead of English and Creative Writing (which would have been the biggest mistake of my life – I was terrible at it!). At one point a while back I wanted to get into watercolour painting, but quickly realised it just wasn’t going to happen! So instead I used the paints to make watercolour backgrounds and started making bookmarks using the backgrounds…which has now turned into my Etsy shop, so I actually call this one a win!
Yet another arty hobby I tried, and just wasn’t any good at! I think with a bit of practice I could have improved, but I just hate being bad at things, so anything that doesn’t come naturally gets scrapped very quickly unfortunately! I still do the odd Sharpie doodle, just for it’s therapeutic properties, but other than that, I don’t do much drawing anymore.
- Jewellery Making
When I was much younger, I got really into jewellery making for a while, and so was constantly bedecked with my own creations! It ended up being more of a phase, and I got rid of most of my jewellery making stuff during one of my many house moves. However, recently I was struck with a great idea for both my own wearing, and selling on my Etsy shop: bookish bead bracelets! Cue me logging into Ebay and buying tonnes and tonnes of beads and elasticated thread!
- Cross Stitching
Technically I still class this as a current hobby…although I have been working on a tiny cupcake cross stitch (the one in the picture above) for a good few months now!
My Nan taught me to cross stitch when I was a kid, and so when I was in a craft shop a while back I decided to give it another go, and start small with my cupcake cross stitch. One day I’ll finish it…maybe!
Adult colouring books are a huge thing right now, and I have to say, they sure do sound like a lot of fun. I loved colouring as a child, so why not as an adult? Well, to this date I’ve bought two adult colouring books – Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom and the Harry Potter: Magical Places one – and have so far coloured in only one page. So yeah…my colouring hobby was kind of short lived!
- Playing Guitar
If there’s one thing I’ve proven worse at than being artistic, it’s being musical! I had a full term of guitar lessons back in primary school which culminated in me being able to finger pick the first few notes of ‘My Heart Will Go On’, and that’s about it. I gave up the guitar after that, aside from a brief stint a couple of years ago where I was lent a guitar by a work colleague to try and learn to play (which I should probably give him back, seen as I have utterly failed to become a musician!). Again, this is probably one that requires persistance, but I just hate being bad at things!
- Playing Chess
I still like a game of chess, but unfortunately I no longer know anyone who plays! I used to play at a youth club I went to as a teenager (I was a cool teen like that), and have since played on my computer and an app on my phone occasionally. Unfortunately being beaten on the easiest setting by a computer is kind of humiliating, so I haven’t played in quite a while!
So what are your hobbies? Do you tend to stick with them, or do you like to try new things? Any serial hobbyists like me out there?