The Importance of Hobbies for a better tomorrow!!!

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By Francis Saldanha

Bellevision Media Network

Bahrain, 23 May 2012: Most people have a lot of free time available but seldom use it gainfully. They would rather gossip with their friends instead of making use of inherent talents they have and start a hobby. There are numerous hobbies from which you can pick and choose one that suits your talents and creative abilities. Hobbies can bring you so much of fun and entertainment that you will begin to regret for not having thought of it much earlier. In fact some hobbies can be fun not only to you but to the whole family as well.


Hobbies are generally an activity that you undertake because of the joy it brings you. Of course many people have discovered the joy that also comes with a hobby that earns you a living. Whether it’s full time, part time or not at all, you must decide which one suits you most. Just make sure you make the correct choice that fits your lifestyle and personal preference and time frame.


When you want to get your mind free of stress or do not want to get into boredom or trouble, sit down and try to figure out what you want to do for a hobby. Perhaps you want to write them down and pick out the one you think you would like to. There is nothing wrong with having more than one hobby or later on deciding that you don’t want to do this after all and find another one.  Hobbies can help you improve your life style by keeping you to stay out of trouble and keep your mind clear of things so you can think more clearly and positively for a better tomorrow.


If you are not yet pursuing a hobby, your reason may be one or more of the following:  Don’t have the time to maintain a hobby or don’t have enough money to maintain one. You may think that people will make fun of your hobby or don’t know what hobby to have. One might think that maintaining a hobby is a waste of time, money and energy. Hobbies are for folks who have nothing to do; you are not one of them.  Used to have a hobby but now you are too busy to maintain it or too old or young to have a hobby.


Your reason may be true "to some extent” but it cannot be 100 percent true. These are all just your point of view. We’ve all heard of the example of one person describing a half glass of water as half full and the other, half empty. Similarly, there is always a way to have and maintain a hobby which will take up as few resources as you can afford. But why have a hobby in the first place? Hobbies are a good pass time, a way to get away from the mundane boring life that most of us live through. Hobbies have found to have a beneficial effect by reducing stress.


Learning a new hobby is indeed a wonderful experience. As you progress you will be living in a new world and learning new skills. You will begin to discover your hidden talents that you were not aware of. You will start reading more about your hobby, meeting other hobbyists with similar interests, exchanging views and building a circle of friends both near and far. This will be more so if you take up to playing games like Cricket, Golf, Basketball or Tennis where you will get the opportunity to meet others on a regular basis and great relationships.


Hobbies keep the mind active and creative, which is a good exercise for the brain. Mental exercise is as important as physical exercise. Research shows that people who are more successful in life (be it in terms of wealth, health, fame or anything else) are ones who also maintain some hobby.


There are umpteen instances where folks start doing something as a hobby and end up doing it as a very successful profession or business. It has even driven them to fame in books of world records. Some folks have maintained a hobby of collecting something of no commercial value for years and years and then sold off their collection for huge fortunes.


Choosing your hobby should be more than a decision. It’s something you put your whole self into. If you are not, then perhaps you need a different hobby. A hobby that drives you crazy is good if the outcome is desired. Otherwise, try something else. Having a passion for your hobby is crucial to bonding with the activity and allowing it to move you on and on.  If you are not sure what you want to do, try a few different things. A hobby is an extension of you that is waiting to be discovered.


Most hobbies can easily be done within your own home, at your leisure. But most of the skilled hobbies like art, building or writing have a series of lessons or tutorials that you can take to further your skills. In some cases it’s a really good idea to take lessons, especially if you are clueless as to where or how to begin. Online guidance through websites or forums is another alternative for those who do not have the time for attending lessons in person. Step by step books for most hobbies can often be found in bookstores as well.


Hobbies can get very expensive too at times! Then other hobbies do not cost hardly anything. Like collecting coins can get very costly. If you can’t afford to put money in on a hobby maybe you should try to pick one that does not cost a lot like knitting or something to do with crafts.


Now, would you believe that you should have and maintain a hobby? If yes, I’m happy that my article has benefited someone. But before you start one, please keep the following simple points in mind: You should love maintaining your hobby. If you think you will get bored in a few days or months, there’s no point pursuing it. You should be in a condition to afford it. While some hobbies can be really expensive (like collecting paintings or other artistic work of one or more artists like Van Gogh), you can have a hobby which starts with almost zero investment (like maybe collecting used stamps); so know your budget before you start one. Be prepared to give whatever time is required in maintaining your hobby.


While some hobbies can seem almost like a full time job (like gardening on a 2 acre plot), some hobbies take only a few hours every month. Some hobbies only require being alert, for example, collecting out of print books of a particular author whenever you come across old book shops. So consider the time you can afford to devote before starting a hobby. Do you have the physical energy to maintain your favorite hobby? Hobbies like gardening, dancing, etc require you to have sufficient energy, which you may find a little difficult to maintain as you grow older. Additionally, crushing workloads hardly leave any energy with us, these days. Don’t let this deter you, ensure that you give some time to it, however less it may seems like.


I wish you good luck in pursuing your hobby of your choice!!!



Comments on this Article
devansh maheshwari, india Wed, June-25-2014, 3:34
yes it is very good i like it very much
Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle / Bahrain Sun, May-27-2012, 5:39
It was nice to share my thoughts (experiences) with the entire BV readers especially with some of the well known members from our Mangalorean community from different parts of the world. It feels good to share the information related to some hobbies, sports and the day today happenings. Some time I do feel pride getting opinions and responses (positive / negative) from all you esteemed readers who are more experienced in their own specialized profession. Thank you all so much for the encouragement! This is just the beginning and more to come¦. Special thanks to Charles my friend! Watch out for the next one on BV¦!!
Charles D Mello, Pangala Sat, May-26-2012, 1:54
Hi Francis...Nice article but I wanted to see at least one Photograph with your own Cherry Tomatoes.
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Wed, May-23-2012, 4:40
A apt, timely and well written feature on hobbies. One of my hobbies is to comment here, elsewhere and anywhere..:D
vivian, dubai Wed, May-23-2012, 2:56
Now a days Face Book killing all our hobbies...Nice Article Mr Francis Saldanha
Alphonse Mendonsa, Pangla/Abu Dhabi Wed, May-23-2012, 2:16
It is very interesting article on pursuing Hobbies. yeah, we don t need a big investment to start a hobby and most of us have certain hobbies like collecting stamps, reading books, writing articles, etc. Some do prefer like fishing and hunting which involves a lot of time if one can afford. Thanks Mr. Francis, is good reminder for us to continue our hobbies with a little more dedication and interest.
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Tue, May-22-2012, 10:21
Very good advise to the working people Mr Francis Saldanha. This kind of hobbies can be taken up by any one and help keep up good health and reduce tension and Medical bills. Keep it up.
Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle Tue, May-22-2012, 4:14
As a follow-up of an earlier article on his experience of growing Cherry tomatoes, Francis Saldanha has presented another useful and thought provoking write-up.
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