… Seriously, I Want to Know!
A few weeks ago I heard someone say, “Millennials don’t have hobbies anymore, they turn everything into a business” (I can’t for the life of me remember who said it). I think they were quoting a Slate article from last year, or National Post & New York Times articles from two years ago. It instantly struck a cord with me and I stopped to read both articles right then and there. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.
Then just a few days later while Ryan and I were grabbing coffee at one of our favorite spots in town, we ran into an old friend that we hadn’t seen in years. We were catching up on his life with his wife and two sweet baby girls, his job, and his new hobby… pottery. I was like WAIT. HOLD ON. Tell me everything.
He went on to tell us that he really wanted a hobby he could learn just for fun and just for himself, something that would bring him joy at the end of a long day. A creative outlet. So he bought a pottery wheel and was looking into investing in a kiln. It was something he remembered enjoying in high school art class and he wanted to pick it up again. No strings attached, no visions of grandeur. I. WAS. RIVETED.
I of course immediately told him about the articles I had just read days earlier and how he was bucking the trend. I was hooked. OMG I wanted to do the same.
On our way home from the coffee shop Ryan and I were so convicted. As soon as we buckled our seat belts we both turned to each other and simultaneously said, “we need hobbies!” ha!
Any-who, this got me thinking, because we’ve quite literally turned ALL of our hobbies into jobs… almost hilariously so! Ryan loves photography? Great, now you are our full-time photographer for the blog. I love to read? Perfect, we’ll start a book club. Ryan loves to DIY? Amazing! Our readers will love following along! I love skincare? Spectacular, you’ll try all the beauty products and report back!
I mean, it’s funny when you think about it and, truth be told, I’m SO glad it’s worked out this way. I absolutely L-O-V-E my job and am so grateful that I have the privilege of blogging day in and day out, but wow. I need a hobby ASAP.
I may be wrong, but I think the rise of Etsy was the fall of the hobby. It’s now so easy to sell your creations with just a few clicks of a button. And why wouldn’t you?! It’s not wrong, heck, I’ve been doing it for the past 10 years. I just think it’s thought provoking.
When was the last time you picked up a hobby that was just for you?
P.S. Currently taking all hobby ideas… needlepointing is the front runner after learning last weekend in Palm Beach. But guys, clearly I need some advice! 😉