Finding a hobby

Pastimes are funny things aren’t they?  We all manage to find something to do with our time, but I wonder whether we choose them or fall into them really.   I am in the choosing category.  I am considering a new type of volunteering, but am deciding against it as it involves meetings, managing processes and strategies and well, fairly much what I spend time doing at work.  I have spent various evenings this week at meetings and that does not feel like a hobby.

I think I am looking for some very specific things from a hobby.  It needs to be something different from what I do at work, so less about doing something that directly builds my business skills and more about being practically creative or physical.

Learning new and different skills is important to me too, I am challenged by my job and a lot of the volunteering I do, but I would like the challenge of learning a totally new skill, not necessarily getting good at something, just trying to learn it.  And I am certain I am not looking for a hobby for life, I just want to try out some new things.

I am fascinated by how people fit hobbies in. Someone I know has interests as diverse as Scouts, photography, pyrotechnics and trains, alongside working and having a beautiful family.  He may even be reading this in a spare moment.  It’s impressive and it’s that diversity I am aiming for.

Interestingly people I meet in Scouts seem to have very diverse hobbies, I think it is because as an organisation Scouts encourages acquiring a wide range of skills for life and offers a taste of many potential hobbies.

I think I need my own personal Scout programme.

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