I guess the only thing I could come up with was study. But I've just finished studying again for a while—as long as I pass my last exam—so I am suddenly feeling very lost. When you have been doing something for so long and finish, it really does leave a gaping hole in your life.
It got me thinking, what do normal people do to fill in the hours between work and sleep? What do people do for hobbies? And what do I want to do? So I asked around.
One friend suggested “think of that thing you have been putting off that you would do if only you had the time” and the only thing I could think of was cleaning… even in my wildest dreams I could not classify cleaning as a hobby, so I kept thinking.
Another friend said reading but do you “read out of routine” or do you “read to learn”? Well I have been reading to learn for a very long time, but do I want to learn what I like to read, so I can learn to write what other people might want to read and finally finish that novel?
I think that I really need a hobby that will keep me away from the computer, at least for a while.
Someone else suggested cooking, and we all had a big laugh over that one.
So now I really am at a loss. I don’t know what I want to do, and of course any hobby I do take up has to involve a 7-year-old, so wine tasting or drinking beer at the pub probably doesn’t cut the mustard.
So I think back, way back to when I was a young adult, what did I enjoy doing that got me out of the house and around age appropriate people and the only thing I could remember enjoying was Tae Kwon Do. So what was it that I enjoyed most? In all honesty it was the people, the friends that I made in class. I remember how we hung out after class, went to parties together, and when we were all WELL over the age of 18 to night clubs.
I have fond memories of drinking until the wee hours, and watching the sun come up over the beach…. Ah the memories. So that’s what I am looking for in a hobby. Something that I can do where I can meet people who I would actually want to be around.
I guess this just adds an extra layer of complication as I don’t want to start a hobby and be around people I don’t like. I need to make sure that whatever I choose it is with a group of likeminded people. No commitment from me just yet. So now the search is on, not just for a hobby, but for a place where I can make friends. Suggestions welcome.