Saturday, 6 February 2016

Let's talk about hobbies

In a society where university and the working world seems to take over our life, it seems that no one has time for hobbies anymore. Take students for example, most are concerned about partying, getting a first or 2:1 and doing anything they can to get that top job. What happened to doing something because it's fun and that makes you happy?

Even blogging has becoming not a hobby any more. I'm increasingly wanting to turn it into something that I now put on my CV, or that could help me if I wanted to do something creative with my life, and this makes me really sad. There are also so many of my friends who claim they have no hobbies. They don't do anything for themselves just for the sake of it. Hobbies are what make you interesting, whether its art, knitting, playing an instrument, singing or dancing, not everything has to be a part of increasing your job opportunities or making you money. Life is just too short.

I impulsively bought a ukulele a last week. Probably the worst timing ever as I really should be focusing on my degree, but for £20 and a few youtube videos later, I can string together some chords and even play a few songs. How is this going to help me? Well... it doesn't. And I probably won't ever play in public (well I can if I want to). But it's fun. It lets me forget about other things that is happening and just play for a little while.

Singing is also something I love. I don't want to be a singer, god I'm not good enough. But joining a choir society, meeting new people and just singing for a few hours a week is the best thing ever. I also crochet. Again, whilst looking through amazon, I came across crochet hooks for £3 and thought why not.

I even turned to twitter to ask some of you some of your hobbies. And I got some great ones including painting warhammer, gaming and slam poetry.It's never too late to find a new hobby. Have a look through pinterest, get out that old instrument you never got round to learning to play, dig out a recipe book and get cooking. Just do something that makes you happy, that challenges you and lets you learn something new. Who knows what could happen?

What are some of your hobbies or what have you always wanted to do?



  1. I always struggle with this question. I'd consider reading to be my biggest hobby but that always seems like such a cliche. It's so difficult to make time for hobbies, but we definitely should strive to do more things that make us happy but benefit us too by learning new things and doing new thing.

    Thanks for sharing. You've got me thinking about what I can start doing that will help me learn more whilst making myself a happier person!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

  2. I definitely still think of blogging as my hobby! Especially as I don't want to go into any kind of writing career and is very different to my day job. But it definitely can change for some people. Otherwise, I am all about the cross stitching!!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  3. Not even joking I have been looking for a ukulele to buy for the same reason! :) I'm studying film & graphic design in college and I feel that my college work has in some way become my hobby, which is bad as it leads to stress! I need to try find something to do that is not my college work as a break! :)

    The Ambii Smiley

  4. I find it so weird when someone claims to have no hobbies. How is that possible?! Lol even a blog counts because it's writing, photographing and design.

    I'm into the ukulele, crochet/knit and art/design.

  5. Yes, I totally agree with you. I think a lot of people spend a lot of picking out the perfect instapic, instead of improving themselves (guilty as charged). When someone asks me what I do for fun, I realise I have absolutely nothing to say. Thank you for sharing this.
    Natural Passion

  6. So true - I always think nowadays that I never really spend any time just with myself and doing things that I enjoy. I'm either out and about at class or socialising or I'm at home studying! So I'm trying to make more time for myself. I love reading magazines (my favourite is Psychologies), writing and listening to spoken word poetry :-) I've thought about learning the ukulele too but it looks quite difficult and I'm not much of a singer! How long did it take you to learn the basics? xx

    - Laurel |

  7. This is such a good point! I know quite a few people who don't have hobbies because they're focusing on uni/boyfriends/work etc. I don't know how people do it - I'd go insane! Good for you though - I really want a uke (but cannot get myself to buy one considering I have my guitar...)

    Rachael at

  8. I really need to find something else to put my mind to! I spend most of my time at work, on my laptop or watching TV. I enjoy reading but I need some sort of evening course or club I can go to. You've inspired me to look for something local, that will be my mission for this week!x

  9. There are tons of different hobbies. I, for one, really like gambling. But don't worry, I do it responsibly. On you can read about no account required sites which you can just enter and play.


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