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.