The Importance of Hobbies

What do you do when you’re not doing the things you have to do?

How we spend our free time tells a lot about us.

Particularly our hobbies.

Hobbies are things that we can better at with practice and education.

Watching TV isn’t a hobby. It’s something you do but, you can’t “get better” at watching TV.

Some of my favorite hobbies include:

  • Poker

  • Chess

  • Investing

  • Writing

Hobbies make us who we are. They empower all aspects of our lives.

  • We discover our passions and strengths.

  • We learn to see more of the world.

  • We connect with people.

Over the course of our lives, we have the opportunity to try dozens of hobbies and find one’s that resonate most with us.

Diving deeper into the hobbies we have, while exploring new hobbies, helps us fully engage with the world in a meaningful way.

It feels good to be a good chess player. To be a student of the game by learning new openings and tactics. Playing chess with friends and new people is a gift.

  • My passion for chess teaches me strategy and is a tool for meeting all sorts of people.

It keeps our lives interesting to pick up a new hobby like scuba diving. It pushes us in new ways. We get out of comfort zone by trying things we haven’t done before.

  • Attempting scuba diving may teach us about the ocean, send us to new locations, and engage with our friends / family in underwater adventures that are memorable.

I am excited by the idea that hobbies can make us more interesting people and our lives more enjoyable.

Over the course of my life, I want to continue to get better at my favorite hobbies while continuing to try all sorts of new and exotic hobbies.