Monday, May 29, 2017

Day 2783 - Do you have a hobby?

What is a hobby?


According to the dictionary a hobby is "an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure".

This is where I get confused as to whether or not I actually have any hobbies.  Or if perhaps my life is one big hobby!



Back in the old days when I trundled off to work everyday at the Department of Agriculture it would be easy for me to define my hobbies and my leisure time. A hobby would be anything I was doing that brought me joy outside of  those clearly defined work hours. Technically speaking the family stuff doesn't count.  Being with your kids is called being a parent, not a hobby. So back then I would have listed stuff like reading, doing crosswords and creating photo albums of our adventures as my hobbies.

These days it's harder.  There are no clear lines between my "work" and my "pleasure". Time all rolls into one. Everything I do is usually because I enjoy it.

For the purposes of the tax department, my consultancy business is loosely defined by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science as a hobby based business.  Which basically means it's small and something I do for my own personal enjoyment and satisfaction,  I don't earn big wads of money from it and I do it in my own time and only when people contact me. I don't race out there looking for clients.  A hobby  ✅

When it comes to my children's book series I guess that is much more than a hobby. I have invested a great deal of time, money and energy into Cheer Chick Charlie.  I do the taxes and there's a profit and loss trail. While I love it, according to the Government it's a business. Not a hobby ❎

As for blogging I would definitely define that as a hobby.  I do it regularly in my "leisure time" and the only reason I write most days is because I love it. I choose not to make money from my blogging. A hobby ✅

When it comes to my volunteer work, do I class that as a hobby?  Hmmm.  It's what I do to ensure I'm actively involved with my community.  I do it to give back.  While I do it regularly it's not necessarily done in my "leisure time". In fact, it eats into my leisure time.  But it does bring me satisfaction. Not a hobby ❎

Yesterday I took the day off from being an adult.  Other than a few household chores, helping kids with homework and a quick walk, I bummed around the house all day in my Ugg boots.  It would have been the perfect time to indulge in a hobby.

That's when I realised I don't have any traditional hobbies.

I don't like to garden.

I don't cook for pleasure.

I don't knit.

I don't sew.

I don't play chess.

I don't go dancing,

I'm not much of a bush walker.

I don't watch birds.

I don't play guitar.

I don't colour.

I read and I write and I communicate with people.  Then when it's all done I watch TV and hang with my family. That's what I do.

Could it be that my life is one big hobby?

Or don't I have any hobbies at all?

At what point do hobbies stop being hobbies and just become "life"? 

10 comments :

  1. Loved this Leanne. I love to run but not sure keeping fit is classed as a hobby. My blog is also my hobby but other than that I'm not really passionate about anything else. I like your idea of your life being a hobby. Have a great week.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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  2. Interesting perspective, Leanne. That hobby versus life dilemma is an interesting one. I take Sue's point about fitness and how it's not really a hobby more a life commitment for me.

    Blogging is a hobby for me too. I write for the fun of it.

    SSG xxx

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  3. I love this - it kind of echoes how I was trying to think about what is and isn't a hobby to me. What makes up our lives is just everything we do. We aren't different people at work, or at home, or volunteering in our communities. We are us.

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  4. I don't class my writing as a hobby because I'm working towards making a reasonable income from it. Even though it's exercise, I enjoy it, so walking is a hobby, whereas gym absolutely is not. Over the years I've done lots of traditional hobbies - these days reading, photography, walking & blogging would about sum it up.

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  5. Really thoughtful post Leanne. I had little time for hobbies when I was working full-time and had two kids at home. I guess though, as they became more independent I did dip my toe into a few things to see if I would like them. One was scrapbooking and our kids were adults by then. I think as an active parent and working full time reading was my only hobby. I used to say I just had get to read at least the front page of the herald each morning to have a sense of 'something for me' before the day became (at school) all about everyone else! Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 22/52. Next week's prompt: View From Here.

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  6. I loved your answer Leanne - as we hit Midlife the boundaries between so many areas of our lives start to blur. I looked at your list of hobbies you don't have and I am the same - so few diligent pursuits, and yet so much enjoyment of leisure time. Anything I enjoy is a hobby - and when it becomes a chore it gets kicked to the kerb!

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  7. Great way to look at it Leanne. I don't have many of the hobbies you listed either. My main hobby is reading, an I am so glad it is :)

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  8. I love that your life is one big hobby! I think that's a great way to live. I dunno if mine is a "real traditional hobby". Running's more fitness I suppose, but I do love it. Apart from that I read (more and more sparingly), blog and watch tv the most. Oh and travel. #lifethisweek

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  9. I have had several mornings lately where I would have rather not adulted. I guess these days, and if I am able is the best to switch to hobby mode, for me.

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