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ETYMOLOGY:Did you know that the word Hobby is derived from the root word/shortening of the word - hobbyhorse? A hobbyhorse is a very popular child's riding toy; it is made from a wooden stick with the shape of a horse's head on the front. If you had one as a child, you probably recall how much creativity went into playing with that wooden stick and all the wonderful places you visited in your imagination.
When I read RedHead Riter's prompt, she offers us a new weekly prompt for Tell The Truth Thursday,
I was concerned that I might have little to do or write about as my interests have waxed and waned over the years. I went from being an avid gardener to barely watering our indoor plants and from modern jazz, Afro dance to no dance at all. Lately, I need more yoga not less... This is a wonderful contract for revisiting and renewing our hobbies and all those favorite little things that put a smile on our faces.
The question this week is:
Do you have a hobby?
According to Wikipedia and your dictionary, a hobby is an activity or interest that is undertaken for pleasure or relaxation, typically done during one's leisure time. I like their definition because it reminds us that a hobby is enjoyable, relaxing and often not paid but can grow into a paid gig. It could include any of the following categories below... Are any of the hobbies listed below one you still do or used to do?
* Collecting –coin collecting, art * Games
* Outdoor recreation – walking, site-seeing * Performing arts – dance, yoga
* Creative hobbies * Scale modeling/dioramas
* Cooking * Gardening outdoor/indoor
* Fish keeping * Reading- world texts
At different points in my life, I had a hobby or more on the list that made me smile. However, my hobby life has evolved over the years, has yours? I collected coins as a child and teen, then added dance, hiking, cooking and museums as I got older. Some hobbies like reading, music and travel have been life long. Some might ask about my faith/prayer life, well, that is not a hobby but life itself.
Where and what do I fit in now? I would say that my love for world travel, reading non-fiction and world literature and listening to relaxing music are three hobbies that I hold dear. As the challenges of life interfere with leisure time, I hold tightly to those three, travel, music and books, because I know my hobbies are as dear to me as life itself.
I could add yoga and meditation but I consider them a serious/important part of my lifestyle and not entirely a hobby. Now that is something to consider too... what we view as a casual hobby versus what we view as a lifestyle. Either way, it is never too late to rekindle or start a new hobby so lets go for it. As the Buddha said, "Remember me as the One who woke up." What about you and your hobbies?
How do you view your current hobbies? What would be the first hobby you'd respond to if your life changed with extra time on your hands? Have you made money from a hobby? I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment. Thank You!
Photos of Beijing Performance Arts Center by Lance McMillan,via NatGeo ~ courtesy of National Geographic
Photo of A Yoga Dancer via Judespic Flickr/Google Images
Photo of books
Photo of spiral stack book via Wikipedia
Until Next Time…
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