The word “hobby” is strange to me. I would rather just be asked, “What do you do when you have nothing else to do?”
When I think of hobbies, I think of collections. Baseball cards, rocks, coins, weird glass dolls… whatever you’re into. Sometimes I think of reading, knitting, or baking.
I think it’s time to admit that most of our hobbies are none of the above.
I’ve listed a few more realistic and young “adult” hobbies below:
> Social Media/Internet
We stare, we scroll, we post, we like, and we follow: Social Media is now part of our generation’s everyday routine. We don’t typically think of it as a hobby, yet it takes up a decent amount of our time and is a go-to, reliable distraction. We consume more than we know. We turn the consuming into discussing and debating, which are both healthy. Analyzing the world on a personal and societal level is a frequent activity for young adults, and it all starts with our accessible media.
A few months ago, I left work early to get acupuncture from a “wellness” clinic. Basically, it was the most adult I have ever felt. Stress, pressure, and vertigo… the job and my “real life” had officially driven me over the edge. Therefore, I sold out into Eastern (Chinese) Medicine. The spiritual, body-covered-in-needles healing actually did heal me. I realized that a good meditation session can really turn your physical wellness around. Relaxation is an essential hobby for adults who want to keep pushing and pursuing.
Netflix and what? Netflix and Forget. Bing watching is the best way to put your own life on hold by jumping into someone else’s drama. It’s never been easier to completely immerse ourselves into a different life with different stories. Entertainment is like an idol that we focus on when we need a diversion. However, we can let it be a false idol that takes us away from the necessary steps of productivity. Procrastination isn’t a hobby, but being innocently entertained is. Besides, the Netflix bill is cheaper than our bar tabs.
> Going Out
Socializing is an important part of growing up. When you are in your 20s, it doesn’t involve blocks or swing sets. It involves non-virgin beverages, boys, girls, good music and lots of eye contact. It’s a great way to let your hair down (until the next morning, when we hold it back up). Meeting people is a real activity. It takes strategy, important decisions, and respectable communication skills. As a 25-year-old, single female, meeting someone feels more and more like an obligation.
> Literally “Just Sitting Around”
Sitting around and…? And NOTHING. I said “literally,” didn’t I? Preferably in bed, but the couch works just fine. After a long week of work and worrying (you know, about our futures and careers and current financial crisis), it’s nice to just take a step back and shut down. It’s another form of reflection. It’s like putting your body on a charger. Checking out and avoiding responsibility is, whether we admit it or not, pretty common. We have the rest of our lives to be adults… I think we are allowed to slow our roll a bit.