Over the weekend, I took the opportunity to reflect on the very many things I have been able to achieve in my 21yrs. I was overwhelmed with the sense of accomplishment as I noted the different milestones; finishing my schooling in England following life-long friendships, starting University in a new country, adjusting to life in a new world, marrying my best friend, and being blessed with my first baby who honestly brings me so much joy!
I contemplated over the likely reasons why I’m able to look back through these past 21yrs with a sense of satisfaction; I soon realized it was the emphasis of having just something I loved to do – hobbies! Whether you’ve got that knack for something you’ve pursued since childhood, or you’re trying to find new hobbies, every individual has their own way of de-stressing and escaping for a while. Be it reading a book, playing a sport, attending the local gym, or going for a nature-filled walk – the list of new hobbies is endless. For me right now, I thoroughly enjoy scrapbooking as my hobby along with other forms of crafts and homemaking activities. I find that when I get lost in documenting a family activity (or loosing myself in this hobby as a whole), I capture the memories of the past events a lot more.
These personal memory books have allowed me to look back, filled with excitement and joy even after the tough times in my life. All in all, it’s helped me gain a more in-depth appreciation over all those events.
Finding time for New Hobbies
Developing new hobbies or continuing existing pursuits allows you to feel a sense of achievement independent from standard, day-to-day activities. I feel that a hobby is a way of defining who you are and what you love.
It doesn’t matter what your likes are in relation to others. Bonnie. L Oscarson said, ‘we are always hard on ourselves when comparing ourselves with others.’ When you’re engulfed in a hobby that you’re truly passionate about, it shouldn’t matter what others think. We should rejoice in our own, unique divine differences and bloom in our own given talents discovered in new hobbies.
New Hobbies are New Talents!
Frankly, any activity that allows you to relax and be yourself is a healthy hobby – maintain it! I find hanging out with a group of friends and going out for an evening a way of letting go of the worldly annoyances and, becoming a relaxed and easygoing person.
Overall, a hobby or activity helps you feel accomplished in life. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are or who is around, happiness comes from fulfilling activities. So, why not enrich your life with new hobbies and discover that hidden talent? Find your personal reprieve and pursue it! Take care of yourself by finding that mental getaway!