I’ve been thinking lately that I need a hobby. For the longest time, I was calling writing my anything but what it is (my job), but I’ve come to the realization that it’s not exactly a pastime. Therefore…I am hobby-less *insert sad face here*
All work and no play would make Beth a dull writer. And I don’t want to be a dull writer producing dull books. Plus, isn’t there some unspoken rule that writers are supposed to live full lives? Seek adventure where they will? Yes, I realize that there are/were exceptions (a certain poet whose name is escaping me at the moment. Emily…Something-Rather? Not Bronte. Ugh. I am too clueless and lazy right now to look it up.)
Should I count cooking and baking as a hobby? I think not. I bake and cook so my mom and I can eat. Sure, I do the occasional for-fun project in the kitchen (From Book to Cook, for example.) But it’s not something I love enough or am passionate enough about to make into a for-fun pastime. Not that I’ll quit. Eating is not something I intend to stop doing any time in the near future.
I would say sketching is a good hobby for me, but I am a perfectionist. Does that matter? I can’t really enjoy sketching unless I’m in a certain frame of mind. Like, spaced out and in a different dimension sort of weirdness.
Painting gives me pause. I had a lot of fun doing watercolors a few months back. My results? Less than stellar. But it’s not about the outcome, is it? I think it’s more about the process than anything. Or, at least, it should be.
I can’t dance.
I used to fence.
Does watching movies count? Reading books? Criticizing fashion?
Then again, maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree/s. Maybe a hobby doesn’t have to be artsy, even for a writer.
I could take up computer programming (hahahahha! I am so computer illiterate, it’s actually a joke on Twitter with some people.) Or I could simply go walk in nature as one of my writer chums suggested.
Maybe I’m overthinking this.
Your opinions would be awesome. What are your hobbies? Please help a writer out and tell me what you like to do, artsy or not. TIA!
Keep your nose in a book,
P.S. Dickinson! Why did that name take me so long to remember?!