How to pick a hobby?

I needed so much time to figure out my interests. I always wanted to do so many things but I always thought that having more than one is too much. Well, I was wrong!

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First thing’s first…you have to know what a hobby is. I know you think you already know, pha! It’s not rocket science (or is it?). People often mistake hobbies with things that you have to do. Your parents paid for those violin lessons and now you have been taking them for the past 3 years, not really interested in violin, but you don’t have much choice. Some think that is a hobby, well it’s not.

A hobby is something that you do in your free time and you love doing it. You do it with passion, every time you’re preparing for it you get excited, it makes you happy and you do it without any exertion because you love doing it and you could do it all the time. That’s a hobby.

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I have many hobbies, however my favorite one is PHOTOGRAPHY ❤ I remember the exact moment when I was a child and I took a picture of a flower in a field nearby my grandma’s house. I stole my dad’s camera from his bag and took a picture of every single flower that I saw and every time I checked what I took a picture of and I saw how beautiful it turned out I fell more in love with it. My biggest wish was to save enough money to buy myself a camera and two years ago I finally did.

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My beautiful baby NIKON D5200 ❤

At first I was afraid that I would get bored of photographing and filming things. I was afraid that I wasted my money (because it was very expensive) but I was wrong. I still love to press the button, play with the settings and experiment with different filters, scenes and effects. And it looks like I am not going to get tired of it any time soon.

I said that I have many hobbies. Besides photography I love to read books and blogs, dance and write.

I know what you’re going to say: So you do everything and count it as a hobby? 1. There are so many other things you can do and 2. These are the things that interest me and as I said before the things that interest you, the things that you’re passionate about are your hobbies. You can do them in your free time or evolve them into something more, like a full-time thing, a career. I think it is so important that you do what you love, because doing so will bring you happiness. By having hobbies and exploring the things that interest you, you are finding yourself and you are creating your personality. Photographing everything that I see, being a huge book nerd and writing stories out of my head are the things that make me ME, they are such a gigantic part of my life that I can’t even imagine living without them, it would just feel like something (a part of me) is missing.

Now picking a hobby or deciding what interests you can be a struggling thing. You might try 10 different things and maybe none of them will work, or perhaps the first thing you try will strike the passion in you. I tried to run, draw, sing, play instruments, paint, hike, play any sort of sport, cook, practice yoga, craft and many more but nothing worked for me. I tried, even spent money on some, for some time I was happy doing it and it was fun, but at some point it became boring, I didn’t want to do it anymore. It didn’t excite me and I knew I had to stop at that point. And you have to know when to stop. It’s okay to force yourself for some time (you know to really give a thing a go) however when you see that it only takes your energy and you think like your wasting your time instead of having fun and making memories, that is your cue to leave.

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Things you have to remember are to give it time, never give up and don’t be afraid to try. Some people find things interesting but are too afraid to try them out. You have a crazy idea? GO FOR IT! Nothing should stop you. If you think it’s a good idea then do it. If you don’t know anyone who’s doing the same thing, that shouldn’t stop you either, it should only make you want to do it more. When it comes to interests you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment. Try different things. Not a sports person? Try writing. Don’t have any ideas? Try reading or listen to some music. People think that things like everyday music listening or reading is not a hobby. It’s just something you do. If you’re doing it constantly and it makes you happy and you think you’re spending your time well, then it’s a hobby and nobody can convince you otherwise. Even when you do find a hobby and you stick with it, you should search for more of them, dig deeper, discover new things you might do.

Maybe you want to find and investigate old buildings in your town or try new restaurants every week or go to the park and listen to other people’s conversations or find out whatever you can about the Elizabethan Era on the internet and in the library or you want to become a pro in Photoshop or stalk cute boys/girls on Instagram. If you like doing it, if you wake up in the morning and you can’t wait to get to it, then it’s something that makes you happy, you’re passionate about it and you found yourself a hobby!

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Things I do on a weekly basis.

I hope that now that you know that everything you do can be a hobby, you’ll be able to pick at least one for yourself. Remember, if it makes you happy, you’re not wasting your time. You never know, maybe your hobby develops into something more. Wouldn’t it be nice if you get an amazing idea and you would be able to make it into a lifetime work? Doing what makes you happy all your life is a dream come true for all of us. In the end…isn’t that what we’re searching for?

Read with you later, Lara.

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