A hobby is a favourite subject or occupation that is not one's main business. It is an essential part of a person's life - like his career, for it is the hobby that takes away the otherwise monotony of his life.
A person without a hobby becomes a bore and gets into a rut. He can only think and talk about his job. A hobby keeps the mind alert and young. It helps to create a proper frame of mind and removes mental fatigue and tiredness. Hobbies vary with individuals and also the enthusiasm with which they are pursued.
A candidate is invariably asked about his hobby in an application form or an interview for a job. A hobby is supposed to indicate the traits of one's mind and show up one's inner personality.
A hobby can be the best way of relieving mental fatigue and boredom. And even a busy woman can find time for a hobby in the midst of all her duties.
Some job candidates have no hobby at all and they rack their brain to find one! Some of them are so versatile that they have a long list of hobbies ranging from reading to star gazing or chess.
For a long time, I was under the impression that bird watching was a foolish hobby in spite of the many books on the subject. But I find it interesting now. I seem to have got into the habit of acquiring a number of hobbies. I am amazed that there can be such weird and strange hobbies like Chinese pet dyeing, mooing and playing dead. More such wacky hobbies here and here.
Bird watching is also an interesting hobby.
Whistling and day dreaming are also interesting. But, I for one, would like to say that gossip is my pet hobby. Of course, a candidate for a job would not dare disclose this hobby.
Jokes apart, for children, a hobby helps to develop a creative mind and for them suitable hobbies are sports and creative hobbies like drawing, painting, building sets etc.
A child's hobby gives parents an idea of the child's interest and they can guide the child who might eventually turn out to be a good sportsman or a painter.
As the child grows into an adolescent, he/she acquires new interests like dancing, swimming and higher form of sports. fine arts like dancing and singing are helpful in developing the personality and mental well-being. Writing, reading and debating are some intellectual hobbies of the more serious teenagers. It stems from a craving for recognition and popularity.
Francis Bacon said, "Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man and writing an exact man." Debating and oration which develop qualities of leadership are good for people who intend taking up politics. Pursuing sports hobbies like swimming, tennis and cricket have produced renowned sportspersons for a country and has given a sense of achievement to the individual. It gives one supreme satisfaction in representing one's country in the international competitive field.
Many give up hobbies, after taking up a career, because of pressure of work, family problems and also on account of complacency. So many die of heart attack today partly due to sedentary habits and desk work, total lack of exercise and sometimes due to extreme boredom.
In Western countries, a holiday weekend is a must for a man with a family. While in Brussels, I used to see families driving into the countryside for a breath of fresh air, fishing and swimming. They come back fully refreshed to start the new week. This probably accounts for the health and cheerfulness of the Westerners, which are totally lacking in Indians. Sitting in a stuffy office in a polluted city from morning till evening and sometimes at night also and then going home to face some domestic and financial problem makes an average Indian like a piece of furniture! Indians, by and large, don't make the best use of leisure.
The hobby most people pursue or resort to is gossip, which is inexpensive and does not cost them money. We may find any outdoor or indoor game boring, but not the game of gossiping. Conversation is an art. Montaique, Stevenson and others have written much on the art of conversation. But Stevenson himself points out that talk feeds on gossip. Gossip provides unabashed zest to conversation. It is a pastime in the beginning, a hobby later on. It is raised to the level of an art still later on.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word "gossip" is an archaic expression for a familiar acquaintance or friend especially of a woman. In fact, I have made gossip my hobby only after meeting an interesting woman. She being a psychotherapist told me about the therapeutic value of gossiping. According to recent research, gossip relieves one's pent-up feelings and emotions. The load on one's nervous system is knocked off! This is a medical justification of gossiping - so what's wrong if our working men and women take it up as a hobby?
In the evening of one's life, there is a sudden vacuum or void. It is then that a person with no hobby regrets or feels absolutely useless and miserable. But even then, it is not too late. Of course, he can read, write and do social service.
Being a woman, I feel that for those women who are not able to go out and work, a hobby like painting, embroidery etc, if pursued well, can fetch them money. Writing articles to magazines, websites, blogs, giving private tuition at home or running a crèche can also be considered. These are things that can be done by a woman without neglecting her home, husband and children. This gives a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment to women, most of whom are educated and talented. Often, I have heard young married women complain of boredom at home when their children are away during the day. A hobby can help them.
Are you convinced now that there is an absolute need for everyone to cultivate a hobby?
(Guest Post by Jyoti)
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