Time for a hobby

Jake Tapley

As a generality, we love to be preoccupied. And during the school year, we don’t tend to have much of a problem with filling up our daily agendas. Between going to classes, studying, working (for many of us) and socializing, we tend to be pretty booked. But everything changes come summertime.

As the school year ends, many aspects of our lives take a seasonal shift. This can, at times, leave gaps in our schedules. Some people transition well and still manage to keep busy into the dog days of July and August – filling their gaps accordingly. However, many of us seem to stumble upon the issue of “how to kill time.”

My suggestion? Develop a hobby. A hobby can be anything you want it to be. You can be skilled at this hobby, or you can know nothing about it – the hobby doesn’t care either way. Anything you have considered or are considering doing that you think you may enjoy has the possibility of becoming a hobby of yours.

Recently, my dad and I have began doing a weekly bike ride of about 15 miles. It takes about an hour and a half out of my Saturday afternoon, but I highly enjoy doing it.

On top of enjoyment purposes, it also helps me get in some cardio and bond with family. I find that it’s good to have multipurpose hobbies such as this because they provide more incentive to fulfill your hobby. Your hobby can be seasonal, or it can perpetuate on an annual basis – what the hobby is will determine this.

Some people opt for starting collections of things. I will admit that this is a bit of a hobby of mine as well. I have been collecting used movies and CDs since the start of the school year and have quite an impressive “track record,” so to speak.

Another increasingly popular hobby among people is photography.

Some people do this for recreational purposes only, whereas, others create a portfolio and try to pursue a career in the field. Either path is fine to choose – it just depends on your ultimate goals and interests.

Pursuing a career will take more time, money and dedication. However, it could also yield more interesting results – even further your hobby into other related. branches Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what you do.

Just find something that you will be able to continue doing and that you enjoy doing. Because there’s nothing worse than having to sit through the dog days of summer with nothing to do – you might as well make the most of them.