How to Find the Right Hobby for You
We have more leisure time as we enter our golden years. At first it feels like a relief after working full time for so long. After some time, however, finding something to do can become a chore, and boredom can set in.
What a great opportunity to start a hobby! Hobbies are a great way to accomplish something you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time for. They give you something interesting to talk about, and you’ll always have something to look forward to. But which hobby is for you?
Step One: What have you always wanted to do? What’s been “on the back burner” all these years? Have you been yearning to learn the piano? Wouldn’t it be fun to weave a basket, or learn a new language? Ask yourself “What would I do all day if I could?”
Step Two: How will this hobby be worthwhile? Why do you love this new topic or interest? How would you enjoy this activity? If you want your new hobby to be a sport, are you physically capable of participating? Will you be doing this hobby by yourself, or joining a group of others who enjoy the same interests?
Step Three: Will you be able to invest in this hobby? Some hobbies are more costly than others. If there are money saving options available, take them! If golfing is your new hobby, try browsing second-hand items for a set of clubs. If it’s a new language or art class you’re craving, talk to your local junior college and see if there are any senior programs or discounts available.
There is so much satisfaction that comes from delving in to a new hobby. The time
will pass faster than you could ever imagine, a whole day will just fly by. Being so fully absorbed
in a hobby is also a great way to stay sharp, and keeping an active mind is important.
Still having trouble choosing a hobby? Try visiting www.senior.com then go to the “leisure” tab, then click on “hobbies.” They have a whole interactive section on picking a hobby.