Whatever Happened to Hobbies?

I have found recently that hobbies have become somewhat obsolete. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems as though going to school/college/uni/work is the main constituent of most people’s lives and hobbies are either put on the back burner for an indefinable amount of time, or were never cultivated to start with.

Maybe it’s something to do with modern society. Maybe Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest have become the new hobby experience. Why bother reading a book, doing something creative or sporty when you can sit on your butt at home scanning what everyone else is doing with their lives?

Now I’m on Twitter, so I won’t knock it too badly, but ask a Twitter-Maniac (scientific term) what their hobby is and they might reply, ‘It’s to tell people instantly in a specific amount of characters what mundane task I am about to or have already performed.’ Errrr…..great…..

Whatever happened to hobbies? Philippa Jane Keyworth

This guy looks like a pretty mean Tweeter…

A hobby to me, is something which allows people enjoyment but also a chance to express themselves. If you wake-up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch tele and sleep, isn’t that a bit repetitive? I mean, for the blessed ones who love their jobs (and I have some rather nice jobs) then good for you, but still, isn’t there more to life than that? Do you want to spend your leisure hours reading the updates of what everyone else is getting up to or go and do something yourself?

The vast majority of people before the Age of Reform in the Victorian era would not have had any leisure hours at all. The only time off they were given was to attend Church on Sunday and apart from that it was sleep, eat and work. The difference to those people and modern-day people is that you HAVE A CHOICE!

Life goes by far more rapidly than we would like, so what do you want to have done by the end of it? Worked, eaten and slept or maybe something more? It seems to me that past times like reading, participating in sport, going on courses to learn new things, going out into the countryside to enjoy it, spending time with friends to do more than just chat, being creative maybe by drawing or taking pictures or something else – all of that is fading a little in the modern day. I find that sad, after all, such joy can be derived from these activities and I feel safe to bet it would be more than the joy that can be found reading tweets and scanning the internet.

Hobbies are a dying art - Philippa Jane Keyworth

A horse head sculpture I tried to emulate 🙂

One more thing and then this post is over. When you have a hobby, no matter how obscure, don’t let others rubbish it. It’s so easy to listen to other’s opinions of what you do and sometimes people don’t have to say anything, they just have to give you that ‘raised-eye-brow-looking-down-my-nose-at-you-look’ and you know you’re weird or foolish in their opinion. Well, let me tell you something, I like reading, I have lots of random sci-fi/fantasy and children’s books I love reading which would seem so ‘weird’ to everyone else. I also like playing computer games – yes, I said that, I am a woman and 22 and I like playing the XBOX…I also like doing random arty things (I decided to sculpt a horse head a few weekends ago) and I like just sitting in the countryside and breathing and listening and absorbing.

That list of things, in most people’s books, categorises as weird. Well, strangely enough, though other’s opinions and looks can hurt, I am choosing not to care. I want to do, what I want to do, so I don’t get to the end of this life and regret not trying something I wanted to. Hobbies are a great way to express yourself, chill out and just enjoy yourself. Another hobby of mine is writing, and it’s lovely I can now share that. So, I challenge you – What’s your hobby? What do you want to try this year? Who’s opinion is stopping you?

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4 thoughts on “Whatever Happened to Hobbies?

  1. Jonathan Hopkins

    Writing. That’s a sort-of hobby. Except it’s not usually good for relaxation – well, it doesn’t relax me, anyway. It meets the other criteria, though – doesn’t pay much if at all, takes up most of your spare time, people you happen to mention it to look at you oddly, etc. Yup, writing’s a hobby 😉

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    1. Philippa Jane Keyworth Post author

      I love that description – and I know what you mean about the odd-looks – when you tell non-writers it tends to be a conversation stopper!

      And yes, writing isn’t that relaxing, though tremendously enjoyable 🙂 I like other hobbies for relaxing – like walking, watching tele, sketching or sculpting.

      PJK x

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  2. Carol

    I love Reading!!, books that I can hold in my hand , electronic ones, all different genres,favourite being, historical fiction especially if its based on factual events,I am 67 yrs and play computer games so dont feel bad at 22 yrs, bless you !

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    1. Philippa Jane Keyworth Post author

      Haha! Glad to here another woman plays computer games! They can be lots of fun, especially if they have a story-line.

      And ditto – reading is the bees-knees. Such a sublime pleasure that I think everyone should enjoy!

      Thanks for commenting Carol.

      PJK x

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