A continuous learning process begins from the moment we are born. We learn absolutely everything; from how to speak and spell, to how to throw a ball and what it means to be a good friend.
One of the best things about children, is their inquisitiveness. If your hair is grey, they’ll ask you why. If they want to know how babies are made – they will most definitely ask you how.
If you think back to when you were a kid, it wasn’t a big deal to join the soccer team, even if you’d never played before. Nor was sitting at a piano, faced with sheet music you had no idea how to read. It was new and maybe even a little scary but the desire to learn outweighed any fears you had.
So why is it that we don’t always carry that level of enthusiasm to try something new, through to adulthood? It can be so easy to get stuck in day-to-day routines and start to neglect ourselves. No matter what stage of life you’re at, you should always make time for yourself.
Although many people may think hobbies are for kids, they have just as many, if not more benefits for an adult.
A positive stress reliever: Life can be so hectic and sometimes it may seem like there’s little time to relax. Having a separate activity to focus on, will help to clear your mind and channel your frustrations into something positive.
You grow and learn: Having a hobby can be a great way to challenge yourself. Whether it’s something you grew up doing or a brand new interest, you will strive to improve upon your skills and grow as a person.
Meet new people: You’d be surprised how much of a difference taking up a hobby can broaden your social circle. Even if you’re not directly surrounded by people like in a team sport or class, having a new interest opens the door to being able to connect with other people who share similar interests.
Keeps things interesting: Ever feel like all you do is work, eat and sleep? It’s easy to feel this way if you don’t change up your routine every once in a while. Having a hobby gives you something to look forward to and get excited about when life may seem a little dull.
There are endless options when it comes to choosing a hobby, some of which you probably didn’t even know existed. Ultimate Frisbee, anyone? No matter what you choose, it will offer you something special that is separate from work, studying, family and friends.
It’s definitely not easy walking into a dance class, having never really danced in your life. Or pulling your second batch of cookies out of the oven, charcoal black. You will most likely feel silly. And yes, you may even look silly but really, who cares? You’re putting yourself out there, experiencing different things and trying something you’ve always wanted to.
So don’t ever let insecurities get in the way of trying something new because let’s face it, your five-year-old self certainly wouldn’t.