June 13, 2016

I’ve always been a girl with many hobbies. For as long as I can remember I have kept myself busy with activities. To find some sort of balance in my life I think I need to have activities that allow me to be myself in a different way. Having hobbies really allows me to lead a fuller life and these are the reasons why:

  1. Hobbies relieve my stress and help me understand myself more! Having activities to do during the week always gives me something to look forward to. When I’m doing an activity that I want to be doing then I feel like I am in control and am able to focus on me. It gives me the chance to push myself as much or as little as I want, to step back from stresses of work, and to pursue something that genuinely interests me and makes me happy.
  2. Hobbies enrich my life! The more I step outside my comfort zone and get my butt of the couch and do something the more enriched my life becomes. Having hobbies allows me to grow on many levels and gain more appreciation and understanding of so many different passions.
  3. Hobbies allow me to connect with different groups! A lot of times we can get caught up in our life hanging around the same types of people (and don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my friends. We are all very perfectly different and perfectly similar all at the same time). Hobbies allow you to meet people who have similar interests as you. This is a great way to find a sense of community within the activities you are doing!
  4. Hobbies allow me to set goals outside of work! When I take up a hobby it really lets me push myself in a different way. Where as work you have other people relying on you to get things done, in a hobby you push yourself. My hobbies really let me see how I dedicate myself to things and how it feels to accomplish something on my own!
  5. Hobbies are fun! Obviously! If they aren’t fun then a hobby isn’t doing its job. They are a great way to just enjoy yourself and your life.

A couple hobbies that I have been pursuing for some time are horseback riding and violin. Each are very different but very similar at the same time. Both hobbies require dedication as well as patience and control. Horseback riding is a true test to that. I have loved horses for as long as I can remember! I started riding when I was about 7 and have been on and off ever since! I’m so happy I don’t have allergies like so many people I know or I’d be so sad! Riding horses is just so fun and therapeutic and I can’t imagine my life without it. Being able to connect with a horse and work together is mind blowing. Horses can read body language so well and however you are feeling the horse reacts to. It amazes me every time I ride. On top of that the thrill of jumping and cantering through a cross country field can’t be beat.

Violin on the other hand requires a lot of patience and hard work. Getting through the stage of sounding like a dying cat (thanks to all who have put up with this) to actually being able to play a song in tune takes a bit of time. Violin to me is a real test of patience. I love how articulate you have to be when playing. When you finally are able to produce a song or two you really know how hard you have worked to get there.

Having 1 or 2 hobbies that you can make time for each week can really make your life feel even more well-rounded. I love that I am able to make that time for myself to really commit to an activity that I am passionate about!

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