Something I realized a few months ago was that all of my former hobbies, such as attending sporting events, randomly visiting friends, playing volleyball, hip hop dancing (I used to take classes), ballet (I used to perform in recitals!), piano (I was a competitive classical pianist), have taken a backseat to my career in the past 5 years.
Here I am happily playing volleyball earlier this week:
When I realized how hobby-less I had become, I was shocked. Had I lost part of myself while living my life? Apparently so. How did I manage to forego so many of my hobbies, and not realize it until 5 years later?
Has this happened to you? You decided to focus so intensely on one area of your life, and suddenly you step back and say, “Wow, what have I done?! Where are my hobbies?”
For many years I’ve bowed out of extracuriculars for multiple reasons – the biggest one being “Why should I make time for something that is not advancing my career or enhancing my familial relationships or friendships?” But now, I see the light. I understand why these hobbies of mine were so important, and ARE so important.
They are important because they are something fun to look forward to; they are something that can be taken seriously but really don’t have to be. They are an outlet and serve as a bump along an otherwise smooth, and even predictable, road that makes up our daily life.
Although it is a slow process for me, I am excitedly beginning to re-connect with some of my old hobbies, and who knows, maybe even adjusting my schedule to accommodate them! 🙂
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