Jan 31, 2018
In pursuit of a hobby
Eventually I concluded I didn’t seem to have any hobbies.
All around me, people have hobbies. Our own LoveCat Stefanie London is sewing beautiful clothes. A friend is knitting socks and gloves and sweaters that don’t need stitching together using circular needles and intricate stitches that have me mindboggled. Another friend’s house is filled with the most beautiful tapestries—I’ve begged her to leave me her cushion covers in her will. Another has taken up painting and has found she has a real talent for it. (Guess I might be talking to her about her will, too!)
I ask my husband what he thinks my hobbies might be. “Your iPad, you’re never off the thing,” he says.
“But I’m a writer,” I whine. “I have to be in touch with the world.”
“Okay, so Facebook is your hobby,” he says.
Does Facebook count as a hobby? I enjoy it as much for the social contact—and the cat and dog photos—as the writerly stuff. So maybe.
Hubby’s hobby, by the way is his bicycle. Yes, he’s a MAMAL—a middle aged man in Lycra—who takes his cycling very seriously indeed. Along with it comes a high level of physical fitness about which I’m not complaining.
I looked up “hobby” to find that its definition is a “leisure pursuit for fun”. So that’s the problem. I don’t have much leisure. Not with books to write and publicise and family and housework and four cats and two horses and other animals to feed and look after.
I ask a close friend what she thinks my hobbies are. “Gardening? Cooking?” she suggests.
“Do they count as leisure time pursuits?” I ask. “There’s a good deal of work involved there.”
She tries again. “Taking photos of your garden and your food and your cats putting them on Instagram?”
“I guess so,” I say, not totally convinced.
So I look back at my life—at the dressmaking and knitting I used to do and the embroidery I always wanted to do. At the swimming I still do and the golf I’d like to get back to. And I conclude that the thing I’ve always liked to do in my leisure time and what I think I’ll always want to do is read. Books, books and more books. Newspapers. Magazines. Articles on the internet. At any opportunity, in every spare moment, I read. Reading is my very first choice of leisure activity no matter how small the time available.
Can I count reading as my hobby? What do you think? Can we have a vote here? What about your hobbies? Care to share? I’d love to read your comment!