When I graduated from college in 2002 I got a job with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. I decided to start working on my degree, but not until the fall. I figured after four years of straight school I deserved a break.
During that summer I did some Java programming and taught myself PHP and started working on MySQL. During that time I also really worked on improving my guitar-playing skills. Then in September I started school at Algoma University. I haven't had time for hobbies since.
Then last month I finished my last class in university so now I have effectively graduated. I don't have a whole lot time on my hands. But I do have more time than what I'm used to.
Recently it occurred to me I don't have a lot of hobbies. I think I should pick up a hobby or two. A hobby being defined as an activity that is different from your profession in which you engage for the pure enjoyment of the activity.
I guess I do have a few hobbies already:
- Coffee Cup Art
- Music (I play guitar and drums)
These two hobbies are questionable:
- I consider this one questionable because some people say that everyone should read anyway, so hobbies should be activities other than reading. I was recently reading a time management book that said that everyone should read 25 books per year, as well as maintain two hobbies. If one of those hobbies becomes your profession, get another hobby. I'm not sure if I really buy that line of reasoning. I think most people wouldn't, so reading would be a hobby of mine.
- Computer Programming
- I consider this one questionable because it is close to what I do for a living. Now, I do program for fun, as well as profit. (However, I do own a computer programming business, so for tax avoision purposes, all programming I do is work.)
Here is a list of activities that will most likely never be a hobby of mine:
- Anything athletic. (Although I used to play a variation of the game of golf. In golf you hit the ball towards, and ultimately into a small hole a few hundred yards away from where you originally hit the ball. The variation I played was that when I hit the ball it would go into the woods, water, or a parallel universe. Although I think I gained some skill in the golf-club throw sport.)
This also includes watching Sports. The SuperBowl is this Sunday, and I'd rather have my appendix and tonsils removed by a Chuck Norris style operation (ie: he removes them with one fowl swoop of his fists) than to watch it, except for the fact that I would start getting some much needed sleep within the first twenty minutes of watching it.
- Computer games (including XBox, PlayStation, Nintendo, etc.) I don't know why, but those just have no hold on me.
Apparently, my lack of hobbies makes Christmas shopping for me a difficult task. But since I generally ask for cheques for Christmas, it works out.
Apparently, I never really talk about my hobbies or interests. I've had people tell me, after knowing me for months; after talking with me, conversing me all that time, tell me "Andrew, after all this time I don't know you. Are you an athlete? Are you a musician?" I figure either they weren't listening, or I wasn't talking. I think that there are a few things about me that if you don't know then you can't really say you know me:
- I am a Christian
- I am a musician
- I hate sports
- I'm a (computer) geek
So, anyway, there isn't really much point to this post. Hence the "My fish died today" tag, signifying that this post is a pointless stream of consciousness that allows you to peer into my life.
I would like to pick up some more hobbies. But right now music keeps me pretty busy. I'm on two worship teams (read: music teams) at church right now. Between practicing at home, and practicing at church that keeps me pretty busy.
I am also really trying to learn French. Has anyone else noticed that learning Japanese is a lot easier than learning French?
However, I would like to hear what you have as hobbies. I find that people have interesting hobbies that I know nothing of. So, please, leave a comment with a few words of your hobby.