Do we have to be good at our hobbies?

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Do we have to be good at our hobbies?

Do you have hobbies I guess no one has asked you that question for a long time. While this was still a regular occurrence when we were at school, it is hardly relevant anymore when you are employed or an adult. Who has time for hobbies? In fact, that is the wrong attitude. Because hobbies are important for our inner balance and our satisfaction. They help us to relax and clear our heads, can boost our creativity and reduce stress levels.

What is a hobby?
So hobbies would be good for us. But what counts as a hobby? If you google for hobbies, you will immediately find help on how to monetize them. Or also, which are the right occupations according to your talents and what you should pay attention to when choosing a leisure activity. Incidentally, what is not mentioned here is that everything can be a hobby. And that the main justification should be that it’s fun. If you enjoy it, why not collect surprise egg figures? Why not start learning the trumpet at the age of 30 knowing that nobody will ever want to hear a concert? Why not knit scarves that no one will ever want to wear?

Painting instead of music
There’s a reason so many musicians who have turned their passion into a career eventually have to resort to something else to compensate. Ed Sheeran , for example, reported in an interview that after the last 2-year tour of his album Divide he didn’t want to make music anymore. While he strummed around on the instrument for fun before his success, wrote songs or just played something, he didn’t want to pick up the guitar anymore afterwards. Because music was his work. She wasn’t his relaxation. So he started painting. He says he’s not good at it, but he has no intention of showing the pictures to anyone. He’s doing this for himself. Because it makes him happy. And that should be perfectly normal.

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No output
In many cases we assume that we have to be good at what we do. Even if we do it in our free time and to balance things out. When we do sports, we have to push ourselves and achieve more. When we paint, it has to be beautiful and we should be able to show it to others. When we make music, we should get better and audition somewhere.

In the western world we have learned that we do things to get an output. Sport to get fitter. Read to educate us. Paint to produce something beautiful. We pay too little attention to whether the books we read are really interesting and make us happier. Too seldom is it about whether sport fills us with endorphins because we enjoy it. Instead, we do it because we should.

That’s not the definition of a hobby, nor should it be. We have to free ourselves from the thought that everything we do has to have a purpose and should produce output. We should allow ourselves to do anything because it brings us joy. Be it trash TV, a musical instrument or painting by numbers.

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