hobbies and interests

My husband, Gerry, and I were sitting here talking, earlier, about hobbies/interests that have come and gone throughout life. I had a period of crocheting, he used to play the guitar, for example. My crocheting period was intense and lasted perhaps two years. There must be piles of round table cloths tucked away in some box back in Sweden. One bedspread too. I could never get back into it again.

We talked about how I used to create little graphics in Photoshop, back when we lived in Quebec. Every night, while watching TV, I made little spheres or flowery page backgrounds. It was almost therapeutic as opposed to all the murders and crime on TV. That little hobby is the one thing I’ve missed, but I can’t get back into that either. I just don’t have it in me anymore. I was sitting around here now, and while thinking about other, bigger questions πŸ™‚ I fired up Photoshop to see if I still remembered how to make a sphere. Well … I did, but it’s not something I’ll spend my evenings doing in the future.


I wonder if I’m the only one who has lost interest in their hobbies?! For me, it’s almost like a pattern — I go in whole hog, it lasts a number of years, and then β€œBam! Gone!” Blogging has its ups and downs for me, but it has never fully left.

22 Replies to “hobbies and interests”

  1. Good point Rebekah. I lost interest in my radio hobbies when married. Now I am back into it and it’s fun! We all change though as we get older. Speaking strictly for myself of course πŸ˜‹

    1. Good for you, that you still enjoy it! A couple of years ago, I actually bought myself a ball of yarn and went to it. There’s no way I could take that up again. I made a simple ball here now, tonight, and that was alright … nothing more. Yes … we change.

  2. I collected stamps in my late teens and into my twenties. I liked the old engraved stamps for their tactile quality and their beauty and I think they were a way of imagining travelling and seeing new places.

    I didn’t like the newer photo-litho stamps that were completely flat and looked so gaudy in comparison but were introduced because so many stamps were needed – the way of the world?

    With the old gravure stamps there would be occasional errors in the metal plates on which the stamps were printed when a tiny bit would bend or break off.

    And we would seek out those errors, and the faults would be catalogued by Stanley Gibbons and other merchants.

    The almost perfect mass production of photo-litho stamps swamped out the old. I remember that cheap packets of mixed stamps from countries like Costa Rica which had the gaudiest stamps – and strange shapes – diamond shapes and triangles.

    Oh, it was too much and it didn’t appeal to me. And it threw the old stamps into relief – they were lovely but they seemed lost in time and preserved for – for who?

    My father was a serial hobbyist. He collected stamps, then made radios and tape recorders, then took up B&W photography and developed photos in the darkroom (with me kind of helping), and then he made wine – but rarely drank it. We had gallon bottles of wine lined up in the loft and the only change to the dusty bottles was with the occasional explosion when fermenting wine blew up one of them.

    1. Gerry used to collect stamps too, in his younger days. I have hardly paid attention to them. I do remember an old, Swedish stamp that it was something wrong with, and it became very valuable for collectors πŸ™‚
      I buy stamps now, and I only look at the cute puffins or marmots on them. Canada seems to have a thing for birds and animals, when it comes to stamps.
      My brother used to be somewhat of a serial hobbyist too, and here’s the only part where he and I are alike. He became totally obsessed with b/w photography, had his own darkroom et cetera. Then it stopped! Just like that! Then it was playing chess for a number of years.

  3. Interesting. I had always attributed this to my short attention span. It never occurred to me that it was normal to have interests that serve a purpose in our lives for a period of time and then we move on.

    1. Right! In my case, I don’t think it’s short attention span. I get totally obsessed, and hardly pay attention to anything else. Looking back, they’ve all lasted two years, at least … sometimes longer.

      I thoroughly enjoyed making that graphic, here in the post, but it’s not at all the same feeling as when I was into this.

  4. I do that, too, but I rotate back usually. Sometimes it’s short stints (a week of reading 10 books, then something else for three months, then a bit of this for a few days, then something else for a year… it happens), sometimes it never goes quite away (writing… I’ve done that pretty constant since I was twelve, with breaks in between). But I also get those obsessions, then switch to another one. But over the years I found that even if I forgot about a hobby altogether for years and years, there are times I like to come back to them, re-experience them. Like stitching. I started that when I was 12 or 14, then nothing for nearly twenty years. Then, out of the blue, I started it again. Surprising to me, too. πŸ™‚ So go revisit really old ones sometimes, you never know which ones might grip your interest again. And if you’re like me, you’re a hobby-accessory hoarder πŸ˜›

    1. Interesting, Nadine! πŸ™‚ I’ve never been able to go back to any one them. Crocheting, I know I’ll never get back to. Photo — that comes and goes in cycles, so that’s alright.

      Right now I’m obsessed with the idea of getting ahold of a bottle of Edelstein Amethyst. I can’t find any … πŸ˜• … anywhere. What a wonderful ink!

      1. You’re so close to the US, that’s gotta be easy πŸ™‚ Goulet? I’d go to goulet more often, if the shipping costs weren’t so crippling to the EU… and customs πŸ™‚ But such a great stock, and wonderful service I have to say. And get one, after my initial reluctance, I really love it, too!

        1. Goulet is my first stop! They have many Edelstein, but not Amethyst. Nobody has Amethyst of all my usual sources. I even reverted to look in eBay. Didn’t find any, and I doubt I would have signed up there anyway. Guess I’ll buy up all the cartridges that are around, but I really would love to have the bottle … grrr

          1. I meant Aquamarine, actually… I haven’t seen Amethyst around here either… I’ll keep my eyes open, even though sending one to you might be a challenge πŸ˜‰

            1. Oh yea, Aquamarine is everywhere. I keep finding Amethyst, but once I get there [to any site], it’s β€œout of stock”. And yes, sending ink would be a bit of a challenge πŸ™‚

  5. I tend to do a combination – some hobbies I dive in wholeheartedly, then allow them to pass on never to be taken up again. Others I cycle back around to depending on the mood. I’ve always been slightly baffled / in awe of those people who can take hobbies and turn them into careers – my attention span just doesn’t seem to allow for it!
    Good to know that others go through the same phases!

  6. My hobbies have all entertained art in some form so I guess I never lost that but it just morphed into other things along the way. My one favorite thing to do is to throw pottery but it is so far away for me to do anything I had to give it up.

    1. Your art work is astonishing, so I can understand that. I keep going back, looking at that thing with the teabags … those flowers. So beautiful!!!

  7. As a child I use to draw on a daily basis. In year three of primary school I was tasked to daw a poster as part of a class project with a small group of three including myself. I had somewhat of an obsession for drawing and painting and became quite the perfectionist (or so I thought at my young age). The assignment was “draw a mythical creature”, at the time we were learning about Greek mythology. As I began to design the centerpiece drawing my friend began to laugh. I asked what he was laughing at, he responded by singing “Barney is a dinosaur” which erupted the small class into a fit of laughter. Evidently, my scary creature resembled the appearance of a Barney. That small incident led to an abstinence from drawing until I was in year 10 of secondary school. In that time I missed out on so many opportunities with the art department and even neglected to choose it as a GCSE. It seems funny now looking back at it. I loved your post, it brought back some things : )

    1. Quite the story … what a memory to have! Knowing myself, I would have abstained too — most likely forever. I’ve tried some pencil drawing in my life, but for the same reason [wanting to be perfect], I always felt discouraged and gave up. Either I just don’t have it in me, or I lack the stamina to practice enough. Probably both.

      Right now I’ve fallen into a rabbit hole of fountain pens and handwriting, so I’m partly leading a bit of an β€œanalogue life”.

  8. So long as the analogue life crosses over with your blogs, I enjoy your posts! I found it quite rewarding getting back into drawing, I am trying to build a portfolio for freelance work so I can do what I enjoy as a career. Maybe your analogue life can be incorporated in with your blogs? Having them hand written would look great if you had a way of importing them in a high resolution.

  9. i know that is so sad too, my first and used to be what i like to call my main hobby was reading. and i have not wanted to read as much as i did. i would not miss a day without reading. it made me sad about it. i do miss it though, i havent stop for good.

    1. Hello, and thanks for stopping by and commenting. Reading, for me, comes and goes in spurts … but it never totally goes away. Have no fear — it will be back πŸ™‚

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