For a long time, I didn’t have a hobby.
We’re talking even as recently as after me giving birth to Olive…I didn’t have a hobby.
And you know, it was fine – I did the mom thing in the day, the wife thing at night, and I guess I putzed around when I had a moment of quiet. But I always felt like something was missing. I wanted to be immersed in something that was just for myself – not for my husband or for the baby – but just for me.
I think the benefit of doing something strictly for yourself is so underrated. Especially when we become mothers, we spend all this time nurturing the people around us that often times, we hardly have a moment to spare for ourselves. And between work and family, I totally get why pursuing something you’re interested in takes a backseat to – say – sleeping.
But here is why I think you need to take the time to find a hobby: before you became “Mom”, or “Wife”, or “Workaholic”, you were creative, or musical, athletic or ambitious. These parts of you didn’t just go away because you’re now too busy to acknowledge them.
So I’ve recently taken up calligraphy (as seen up top and below) and I’m enjoying it so much. I’ve always admired those who could – so I decided to give it a go myself. The progress has been slow but steady – but because it’s my hobby, I’m not held accountable to anyone else but myself. This is mine, and mine alone – and it’s fabulous.
So, to anyone who is feeling like “there is just something missing” – have you taken some time for yourself, today? Have you spent any time on your talents or your interests? If you’re interested in something that you just haven’t gotten round to trying yet – what are you waiting for?
Give it a go – you’ll thank me for it later ;)