“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.” (Joseph Addison)
I am not sure that I have had time for hobbies in my life. Gardening was always for food, not much of a hobby. Cooking gourmet meals is just a way of life. Camping? It is getting very difficult to locate places to stay when I have time available. Reading? Probably.
What is a hobby? The dictionary says it is an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation, not as a main occupation. Well cooking and gardening? Too much work and not enough relaxation or pleasure. Gourmet cooking can take a lot of time and the pleasure of it is consumed in moments. Gardening, real work with a nice outcome, but not much pleasure in the process and it is back breaking as well.
Camping used to be a pleasure for us. Now, with so many snowbirds, the parks are crowded and you must plan six months to a year in advance to camp in your favorite place, which also happens to be everyone else’s favorite too. I don’t buy green bananas, how can I plan THAT far ahead?
Reading. I guess I would say that by the strictest definition of the word, my hobby would be reading. I spend a goodly amount of time doing it and I enjoy it and it isn’t part of my work, therefore it qualifies as a hobby. I read about one hundred fifty books a year, sometimes more, reading most evenings for a couple of hours. Since it interferes with work I should be doing, it really seems more like an addiction than a hobby.
Writing. Writing is probably a hobby for me too. My original goal in starting to write was publishing books about my life, memoir. I have written and rewritten and belabored the subjects ad infinitum. Am I any closer to my goals….NO! I have enjoyed doing it and it does give me satisfaction. It does take some of my time though not as much as reading.
Overall, I guess I am such a busy person that hobbies have not really had much place in my life. A sad thing. One should have “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation.” as the definition required. I still prepare gourmet meals, garden, read and write, but that is about the extent of non-work activities in which I participate. I guess I need to find a good hobby.