Now what exactly constitutes a hobby? Well, I’d say just about any activity that puts you “in the zone” so to speak. It’s, put simply, a hobby is something you do that brings you peace of mind.
Peace of mind is definitely something you want to achieve on cue, being able to have a go-to activity that soothes the stress within your head is a great tool to have as a lazy person. After all, taking your mind off things is a great way to not get worked up about them and getting worked up at the end of the day is really just extra “work”, as I often say.
There are a wide range of hobbies from doing yoga, to spinning fire poi, to growing mushrooms, to crocheting designs of famous celebrities, the list goes on and on. Some are unique, some quite bizarre, but all of them have one thing in common: the ability to relax you.
Now of course, what I find to be relaxing, might be boring or frustrating to you and vice versa. One man’s hobby is another man’s labor.
Labor of course meaning a strain to do. I, for example would find it a strain and quite labor intensive to knit something, but others may find that to be one of the most joyful experiences life has to offer.
Now you might think that you’re too lazy to spend time on a hobby and practicing whatever craft it is. You barely want to get out of bed to do *anything* yet alone some form of hobby.
But I assure you, there’s a hobby even for the lazy man, like yoga, which is basically just stretching and meditation which is essentially sitting there doing nothing and even playing video games, which of course is all about sitting on the couch and staring at a screen with a controller in hand.
You’re never too lazy to have a hobby. In fact, some may argue that hobbies can be the cause of laziness (you procrastinate work in order to play guitar, for example). Your hobby may just well be the exact *reason* as to why you are lazy in the first place. You put off doing something productive in order to do what you enjoy (a la your hobby) instead.
But ya know what? There’s admiration in that. Doing what you want to do over what you’re *supposed* to do is quite admirable.. It means you choose desire over obligation. And living a life of obligation is a prison. Set yourself free. Do what you want. Play your own hobbies
Anyway, look, it’s important, as a procrastin8r to find a hobby, whatever it is. It’s a way to abide, to just enjoy the thing you’re doing and what’s happening in the moment. For the Dude, it’s bowling. For you, well be your own dude and find your own hobby.
Today, we’re gonna take a look at why finding a hobby and practicing it is the lazy way and without further ado, let’s dive...right into it.
If you don’t have a hobby or way to spend your free time, well, man, I don’t know what to tell you. Just look around.
I mean, there are plenty of hobbies to choose from. You could probably write up a whole textbook on the sheer amount of hobbies that exist. Heck, there are things like competitive duck herding and extreme ironing. (No really, I can’t make this shit up).
Yeah, hobbies can get quite niche. Point is, there is something out there that suits your interest. Guarantee it. There are more friggin hobbies than the amount of Pokedex entries now, which is at least a couple hundred. Sheesh.
Just like there’s a Pokemon that suits your style, so too is there a hobby that’s right up your alley.
What that is, well that’s for you to discover. Sure you have more popular hobbies like golfing or coin collecting, which might just make you yawn at the very thought of participating in them.
But maybe you’ll find more fancy in something like beetle fighting (yes, literally having insights battle it out in small arenas, probably the closest to IRL pokemon you can get), or even quidditch (indeed that Harry Potter fantasy game on broomsticks -- there’s a “muggle” version, complete with leagues and tournaments), maybe you’ll find a thrill in News Raiding, which is much like photobombing except you specifically jump in on live news reports as a bystander.
I don’t really have the time, nor the work ethic(I’m too lazy) to go on and on about all these peculiar hobbies, but the point I’m trying to get across to you, is there are a plethora of hobbies in existence and quite frankly, if it doesn’t exist, no one’s stopping you from spray painting sets of tweezers and picking your nose with them and calling it a hobby “spricking” (lol).
Okay, you get the point. There are a plethora of options when it comes to picking a hobby. So, in the case that you can’t find one, it’s not a matter of you not being interested in anything, it’s matter of you just not finding that interest.
Besides, like I said, you can literally just create a hobby out of whatever the fuck you like doing. Just as long as you know, it’s not severing people’s toes or some shit. Try not to be *too* sadistic in your hobby. Did I really just write that? I mean I don’t think I have to, but ya know. Just to clarify is all.
Anyway, now that we got the fact you shouldn’t harm anyone in your hobby out of the way, let’s take a closer look at just how to go about finding a hobby that's fit for you.
Simple. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. Go ahead and just try a hobby or two.
Worst case scenario, literally the worst thing that happens is you decide you don’t like it. And guess what? You never have to do it again. Done. Over. Fin.
Go try skiing or kettle cooking or juggling. Try a new hobby. If ya ain’t a fan, it’s not something you have to stick with or ever do again.
Just try something else until it *clicks* and you’re like “yeah, this is it. This is what I enjoy doing.”
You could try a hundred different things before you find one that’s *just right* but hey, at least you get a story out of the ones you don’t ike, like “ ah remember that time I tried octopus fishing.” or something Plus, you can share that experience with those that are hobbyists in that particular field. It’s a way to build connection and rapport with others
IRL experience is the best “xp” you can get. Speaking of experience...
There’s this false notion that in order to have something as a hobby you have to have a particular expertise with it. You have to be skilled, adept, or otherwise talented in order to partake in the hobby.
But man, ya ain’t gotta worry about that shit. There’s no pressure to be good at your hobby, just as long as you like doing it. That’s the important thing. Liking what you do.
You may not be the best or the brightest, but that’s not really important, contrary to popular belief. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to reach a certain skill level or be able to achieve a certain feat.
If you play drums, so what if you can’t smash a solo like John Bonham? Just enjoy bangin on your drum all day. If you like to run, ya ain’t gotta be an Olympic gold medalist to go for a nice jog. If you take up magic as a hobby, you don’t have to have the perfect sleight of hand or disappear like Houdini. You get the gist. Just savor the moment you spend in your hobby and don’t be so hard pressed to accomplish a certain status quo with it.
Talent should not be confused with hobby. Those are two different things entirely. Certainly you can be talented at your hobby, but you don’t need a whole lot of talent to consider yourself hobbyist.
Remember, a hobby shouldn’t be a chore or any sort of obligation. Don’t strive to achieve this big accomplishment within your hobby *unless* it’s something you’d actually enjoy and take pride in doing.
Not every martial artist needs to be a black belt, ya dig?
Besides maybe there’s some black belts out there that don’t even like martial arts, maybe they earned it just for the sake of the achievement alone and hold really no interest in karate chopping beyond that.
Go for the enjoyment of the activity/hobby itself and not any sort of status or achievement it can bring about.
Realize There’s a Difference Between Being Bad at Something and Being New.
Now that it’s said that you don’t have to be talented, realize that the more you practice the hobby, the better at it you’re going to get.
There’s just a natural progression happening. Slowly. Over time.
When you first start a hobby, whatever it is, you are going to suck at it. Straight up. You are going to suck at something you just started doing. Facts. And facts are harsh.
I mean, maybe you could be some child prodigy and have a natural talent for something, but for most of us scrubs, we’re not given such godly blessings and are left with following the old school method of improving ourselves over a long period of time.
Of course, you may very well go ahead and try something. You’ll embarrass yourself dropping balls as you try to juggle or make annoying buzz sounds when you try to strum guitar.
At that point, at the point of failure, you may be tempted to call it quits, because you’re left with the impression that you’re just no good at it.
You have to realize though, that you’re a beginner at doing the thing. You’re straight up a NOOB, if you will.
It’s not that you’re inherently bad at it, you just don’t have as much experience as a “veteran player.” You’re new to the game. You’re learning. That’s all. You’re educating yourself on the ins and outs of what the hobby has to offer.
You may not even have the basics down when you first start, but that’s okay. You’ll get better...eventually.
Have patience, the heart of procrastination. After all, both patience & procrastination are all about waiting ‘til later.
Now it’s one thing if you simply don’t like it, but you gotta take a look at WHY you don’t like it. I mean, if you don’t like it because you’re not good at it, even though you just started the hobby, that’s really no reason to say you don’t like it. What you don’t like is being under skilled compared to others. And right there, you’re comparing. Stop comparing. Just focus on what you *can* do and focus on enjoying what you do.
If you don’t like it because it’s not something you ever see yourself enjoying, no matter how good you get at it, well then that’s a cause for quitting. But never give up something because you feel you aren’t adequate enough. You’ll become adequate and maybe even quite adept in due time.
Imagine if you had the skill, knowledge, and expertise it takes to master your hobby, do you see yourself having a good time? If the answer is YES, then stick with it. Procrastinate with it. You’ll get there...later.
Don’t be embarrassed about being a noob. Even masters of the craft had to start somewhere. Rare is the child prodigy, let’s be honest. Embrace being an idiot when it comes to picking up a new hobby.
You ain’t gonna know shit about what you’re doing, but that’s okay. No one did when they first started. Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t “get it” right away.
Plus, most people in the hobby would love to share their knowledge and expertise with you. They'd love to show some noob, like you, the ropes.
Take your time to slowly, but surely improve yourself in your given hobby over time.
You spend all your free time sittin’ around playing video games or reading comic books and are told to “go find a *real* hobby.” Quit being a nerd!
Go outside and go for a hike. Be a man and play football. You know, those sorts of things.
Look, the hobby you enjoy doesn’t need a seal of approval from others. So what if they look down on it? You know what they say, those who look down on others really look down on themselves. It’s all projection.
If someone can’t approve of your hobby it means they truly just have a hard time approving themselves. They’re insecure. Don’t stoop down to their level and let their harsh words or criticisms get to you.
Just do your own thing and abide, regardless of what anyone else tells you.
Besides, even if you pick up one of those “cool” hobbies like mountain biking or parkour or some shit, you’re gonna have people who disapprove of that too and tell you it’s lame or stupid. Doesn’t matter what you do, some people are gonna hate it. Just accept it.
I mean, people are always going to judge you no matter what and you can’t stop them from doing so. Choosing your hobbies just to satisfy the expectations or interests of others serves you no purpose. Live your own purpose, not a purpose designed by others, for others.
If you find yourself getting caught up in the critical judgments of others for participating in your specific hobby (like making you feel like a loser virgin for cosplaying), focus more on how good the hobby makes you feel, instead of how bad the judgements make you feel.
Don’t think about what others think, man.
It’s better to do thing you like with people that also like it than to do something you secretly hate just to win over some approval.
Passion is bullshit.
You don’t have to necessarily turn your hobby into a passion. While that’s all well and good, it’s not a requirement in the books, nor should you read it as such.
It’s completely possible to have a hobby and just make it something you enjoy, no need to turn it into an elaborate side hustle or anything. I know, shocker, huh?
We’re led to believe that if you’re not making your hobby into *something*, than it’s really just a waste of time. But man, not everything in your life needs to be an act of productivity.
You can actually take it easy once in a while and simply...enjoy. Period. Just totally revel in how awesome of a time you’re having, without feeling the need to make anything more of it.
When you do your hobby, do it for Leisure (The big L in L.A.Z.Y.) Do it because it brings you joy. Nothing beyond that.
Just simply have a good time doing your hobby. That’s all.
Don’t feel the obligation to make it this big ass thing or passion project. Finding a hobby means finding a way to have a good time. It means finding a way to embrace your Leisure.
Give yourself Leisure for once, not another commitment in your long list of duties that already exist.
Allow your hobby to give you peace of mind and not another stress to worry about.
Take it easy,