During a recent interview, I was asked about my hobbies.
Hobbies? I thought. What hobbies? I go to school, I work, and I try as hard as I can to have a life without putting the previous two things in jeopardy. Who has time for hobbies?
So I started thinking. What do I like to do? I am addicted to crossword puzzles and I love snacking on Tostitos salsa with tortilla chips. I enjoy a good wine now and then, and I love to read. But wait! I haven’t actually read a book for pleasure since…the ninth grade?
Surely, I am not the only over-achiever who has fallen victim to this heinous academic disease that rips out tiny parts of who you are a little bit at a time, without you even noticing? I was an avid reader. Stories were my sanctuary. Where have I gone?
So, last weekend, I went to the bookstore just like I used to do and started flipping through whatever jumped out at me in the literature section. And I spent 17 precious dollars on a “Me Talk Pretty One Day” because I admired Sedaris’s writing style.
And you know what? I’ve found plenty of time between classes, before bed, and on the bus to dedicate to my long-lost hobby. And I love it.
So here’s what I am suggesting:
Take a moment and think about what you used to do in your spare time. What used to be important to you? What stimulated you?
Find that thing, whatever it was, and try to reconnect with it.
If you can’t think of anything, try something new. Try something you’ve always wanted to do. Art? Photography? Yoga? Cooking?
We can get bogged down in the world of work and school and errands and paperwork and scholarships and applications and problems and everything else that goes on day-to-day.
Try to make time for something you enjoy. It might surprise you how easy it is. And it might make you really happy.
I hope you accept my challenge! If you do, let me know how it goes!