I Just Realized, I Have No Hobbies

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  1. Carol Cook

    Carol Cook Active Member
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    Nope... not a one.. I have interests. Things that I like to learn about. Things I don't mind doing, but nothing that I would consider a bonafide hobby. Since I have only just recently retired, I suppose it's time to get one or two.. I'm trying to decide... so far nothing jumps up and grabs me. AND it's a lot of pressure.. trying to find one so I can say I have one.. To heck with it.
     
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    Gardening can be a great hobby, especially if you include canning what you grow.
     
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  3. Carol Cook

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    I like that... But I was talking more about some sort of craft.. or activity.. I am not in the least bit Artsy Craftsy... Or not into sports or other outdoor things.. But I've always grown things and really enjoyed it... so I guess that is somewhat of a hobby. Even if it is a bit seasonal.
     
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    @Carol Cook, just a suggestion for you. Walk around in a craft store or garden center to see what sparks your interests even if it's just a hint before you talk yourself out of it.;)
     
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    Don't try too hard too find something. As Von said, expose yourself to ideas and the right one will jump out at you.
     
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  6. Holly Saunders

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    What about something to do with one of these interests...?

    Animals, Cooking, Politics, Fitness, History, Psychology
     
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    As I said.. there are things that interest me.. and things I do... but I really don't consider them hobbies... To me a hobby is building something, making something.. creating something.. I don't to any of that.. Well maybe cooking is making something, but it's necessary for survival.. I don't do it for the joy of it.. like painting, sewing, designing and building furniture, etc.. I'm not really that creative.
     
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    That's what I do.. and then you are right.. I talk myself out of it.
     
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    True about the animals and cooking...and maybe fitness... But Politics, history and psychology are not my thing.. Not sure where you got that idea.
     
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    I was merely giving it as a suggestion...I do apologise I thought that you were looking for ideas? o_O
     
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    Oh absolutely.... Yes... I could look into other things.. Never to late to gain new interests I always say... ;)
     
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    You could take up the hobby of couch sitting and TV watching. I personally test various alcoholic beverages and report my findings to my dog. I call that a "hobby".
     
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    lol!! good one..
     
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    Or maybe playing on the computer. :D Now that you mention it, I don't have a real hobby, either. I have always wanted to be able to paint so maybe I'll take some painting lessons. I knew a little Mexican lady who never had a painting lesson and could paint beautiful pictures. She said she just picked up some brushes one day and started.
     
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    @Carol Cook : Have you ever bowled for recreation? It can become just as important to one as a hobby, and if the physical activity is allowable, good exercise, too!
     
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    hmmm.. I haven't bowled in 10 years.. but I really do enjoy it.. and as a matter of fact I was talking about our last time bowling to hubby just the other day... It' a great idea.. I wonder if there are any senior leagues around..
     
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    In high school, my buddy and I bowled afternoons sometimes 5 days a week. Today, not sure I could roll the ball adequately, shoulders hurting as they do! Try it! Nothing to lose! Frank
     
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    Well maybe your hobby will be playing on this Forum. :) And since you are recently retired it just might be enjoyable to do "nothing" until you feel like doing "something". :)

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  19. Carol Cook

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    I love that cartoon!! It about sums it up. I think that I have been working so long that I never really had time to sit back and assess what I wanted to do. I need to take my time... and most of all relax... I think I have earned it.
     
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    When I was working that's all I thought about was what I wanted to do though not retired but not in the workforce due to being laid off. I couldn't wait until I had time to do some of the things I had been thinking about. Most of the time I would just listen to others talk about what they had planned which would get me thinking.
     
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    I've tried several "hobbies." Only one took. I tried bowling, joined a company bowling team for a while. I was in an archery club where our club competed with clubs in surrounding towns, shooting targets. It lasted a couple of years ad I abandoned the bow and arrows. Some years later I joined a camera club. Anyone with an interest could join but most members were advanced in the craft and several professional photographers were members. They held a monthly competition. While I knew little about the formal craft, I had one advantage. At age sixteen I had purchased a Tower Twins Lens Reflex camera, a cheaper version of the German Twin Lens Rolli. I had carried it everywhere including two tours in Korea. It was quite proficient in low light situations. I seldom used flash, only natural light. It took good photos and I knew how to use it. The club went on two or three photo excursion a year to New Mexico, or the Big Bend area of Texas, or to a State Park within driving distance. It was fun. I bought a decent 35mm camera to be in vogue. I was in the club about ten years and scored my share of top places in photo contests even competing against professionals. Then some darn fool invented the digital camera and film photography went downhill. I dropped the hobby but the desire to purchase a decent digital cameral has never left me although I'm probably too old to learn to use one proficiently. and on a fixed budget, a good digital camera is expensive. I do have a very small digital camera someone gave me but I doubt I can't a clear image with it. In fact I'd like to have a twin lens reflex digital camera. It would be perfect for what is now called 'street photography' but I don't think one id made. It was in my opinion a good hobby. But then, there are dozens of good hobbies. It all depends on your interest.
     
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  22. Ina I. Wonder

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    I agree @Bill Boggs , Many think of me as talented because I do so many different types of art work. The thing is they all started as hobbies or out of necessity. By the time I was 16 I was making clothing for my two sons and two step daughters, and then embroidery work came about to hide the holes the kids put in the clothes. When my family or I wanted something, off to the library I would go for instructional material. I think one of the first traits of any craftsman or artist is the desire to learn more.

    Those of you that like to study and learn more things are well on your way to finding your nitch in the hobby or art world. Learning in itself can be a hobby, that's why I went to college from the age of 35 to 54. Education became a hobby for me, and I learn so many things as well as my artistic endeavors.

    Good luck in your search, but enjoy the process as well.
     
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    There are lots of hobbies out there from scrapbooking to knitting to art. I don't need a hobby my days go by so fast I wouldn't have time for one.

    My husband liked guns, that was his hobby....I used to go target shooting sometimes with him, it's fun.

    Maybe you and your hubby can do that together.

    Isn't there a saying about the family that shoots together stays together? Or is that something else?
     
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  24. Holly Saunders

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    That's mine and o/h's shared hobby too...target shooting. We do a lot of that in the summer when we get time...I love it...


    Hobbies are not something most people do every single day, if I was retired I'd be looking to fill a couple of days as well...or a few hours a week perhaps volunteering somewhere...like a nursing home, or a care home, where they are always understaffed, and might need someone to help out in the kitchens, ..in fact there's thousands of volunteering opportunities out there..any one of them might lead to a new 'hobby''
     
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    That's very true, Holly....good idea! That's what lead Ina to her weaving I think. Volunteering at the Vets Hospital.
     
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