The number 1 reason people don’t pursue hobbies is lack of time. School or university is all-consuming; this coupled with any extra-curricular activities like sports or music -- and there’s no time left for a hobby.
Yet research shows hobbies are good for us. Ideally, a favourite pastime ‘creates a diversion from daily life’ (that we genuinely look forward to) and gives us a sense of purpose outside of our routines and responsibilities.
What sets a hobby aside from just simple leisure time (spent watching Netflix or surfing the net for example), is that it requires us ‘to actively do something’ making us active rather than passive participants. Being active participants means we learn new skills: doing is learning.
Hobbies can also make us feel good, by ‘redirecting the mind away from the day’s schoolwork’, which helps to relieve stress. This improves our mood and how well we get on with others.
Through our hobbies, we can make new friends which is another bonus and importantly, we can form an identitythat’s really our own, not one that we have learned from our parents or teachers. From skateboarding to joining a band, from baking to mountain-biking, we can find an interest we have a passion for, which both defines us, and which we find fun.
Aside from lack of time, sometimes it’s hard to find a hobby because we can’t think what to do or who to do it with. When we reach teenage years, our interests may take different paths to those of our childhood friends.