Examining Your Hobbies

I’ve been discussing hobbies on my blogs lately. After some more thinking, I believe hobbies come in four distinct types.

Creation: Creation hobbies are those that involve crafting, building, designing

Collection: Collection hobbies are those that involve locating, cataloging, displaying, discussing

Observation:  Observation hobbies are those activities that involve watching or attending as in the theater, art shows, museums, auto races, or ball games

Participation: Participation hobbies are those activities that involve doing such as dancing, running, photographing, singing, playing an instrument, or acting

There are no rules for hobbies. There are no right or wrong activities. Hobby selection is what works for you at your time, energy level or financial situation in life.

Sometimes we may participate in a hobby for many years until an injury or reduced physical sense comes in to play. We may then transition to being an observer. Conversely, we may be an observer and affectionado for many years until we have the time to commit to becoming an active participant.

Some hobbies involve a crossover between the four types. Travel is one example. Travel can be thought of as an observe and participate activity. When traveling we often choose to observe others performing different activities not seen in our usual daily life.

Now might be a good time to list your hobbies and see where you are in terms of the four categories.

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One response to “Examining Your Hobbies

  1. Fred

    Since we have such little time, if we are really into a hobby, we can make that hobby fill all four types that Terry delineates so well. For example, take music. For some people, that might be just to listen to music, or observe. For me, though, it’s all four types. I “observe” or listen to it – mostly classical, but also choral. Right now I’m listening to the CD by the Sweet Adelines quartet , Maxx Factor, who were ranked first and are world- class in every way. I sing along with the quartet in the car, which is participating, plus play in a brass ensemble, do woodwind solos and sing in a chorus and choir. Recently I’ve collected some instruments – you can really get into that, especially antiquarian musical instruments. While I have only composed one piece, I have written custom lyrics to many songs for my work chorus, which is challenging. Lyrics are old fashioned poetry where the meter and rhyme and number of syllables has to be perfect. So that efficiently covers all four types with one hobby.

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