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#1 finesse303

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:24 PM

Most people I know seem to have some sort of passionate 'hobby'. Like craft, quilting, baking, computing gaming.
I do yoga once a week, I like to read (almost every night) and I am in a book club. I like watching a certain genre of movies. I dont mind cooking but since kids I can't really be bothered to cook anything fancy as nobody will eat it.
But thats about it. I dont even know if any of those things are hobbies.
Am I the only person not to have a 'proper' hobby?

Edited by finesse303, 20 October 2019 - 07:33 PM.

#2 finesse303

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:27 PM

Edited to add..I forgot to add "hobby" at the end of the title, not sure how to add this now!

#3 BadCat

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:28 PM


You appear to have several hobbies instead of one all consuming one.  I think that's pretty common.

#4 Threelittleducks

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:29 PM

That sounds fine and similar to me.

I also work long hours and as such just want to wind down at home or hang out with our kids.

And I consider reading to be a hobby. I'm not sure why others don't?


#5 finesse303

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:31 PM

View PostThreelittleducks, on 20 October 2019 - 07:29 PM, said:

That sounds fine and similar to me.

I also work long hours and as such just want to wind down at home or hang out with our kids.

And I consider reading to be a hobby. I'm not sure why others don't?


I just always feel lame when people ask me what I do in my spare time and I say 'reading' as one of those things. Especially when they launch into their lifelong passion for the hobby they have.

#6 lizzzard

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:34 PM

My passionate hobby is my job. Sad but true.

#7 JRA

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:35 PM

I would think reading is your hobby

#8 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:37 PM

Seems normal to me. I recently took up crochet again, but before that my spare time was just a lot of nothing. Not even reading. Life itself is busy enough without adding hobbies into the mix. Life post kids is even busier.  No idea what I did pre-kids either. But I filled my days quite  happily.

#9 seayork2002

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:42 PM

I read, do puzzle magazines, watch tv/movies, play phone games.

I guess these are hobbies?

#10 rosie28

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:44 PM

I think reading counts as a hobby if you do a fair bit of it. I think of it more as just another part of my routine, I read 30-60 mins a day. I knit rather obsessively and consider that my hobby. I do wonder what people without hobbies do, though my mum doesn’t have one beyond reading and she doesn’t seem bored.

#11 BadCat

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:44 PM

By the way, to edit a topic title you select the full edit option.  When you go "edit" there will be a "Use Full Editor" button at the bottom.  Click it in your OP and you can change the title.

Edited by BadCat, 20 October 2019 - 07:45 PM.

#12 Allegra99

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:44 PM

My hobby would be watching trashy shows on the iPad in bed. I think reading is a much better hobby than mine!

#13 Expelliarmus

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:45 PM

I don’t even read these days ... I think you’re closer to having a hobby than me.

#14 Luci

Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:10 PM

If I really had to name my hobby it would be EB :ph34r:

#15 JoanJett

Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:11 PM

I think reading every night would place you outside of the population norm.  It's a hobby, and my favourite one.

#16 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:11 PM

What defines a Hobby for you?

#17 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:15 PM

yeh i like reading....internet reading counts, right?

cooking, photography, skiing, walking/hiking...love swimming in summer but that sounds like i’m serious and do laps or ocean swimming, i don’t - i just love splashing around in water.


Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:31 PM

I eat. Drink. Watch tv. They are all hobbies, right?

#19 maryanneK

Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:39 PM

I know what you mean OP

People at work are like "and in my spare time, I sing in a choir, volunteer at a soup kitchen, have just knitted my 100th jumper, am working towards my black belt in judo which I practice 6 times a week and I publish my amateur photography on my own blog, and I"m really into heavy metal and sing in a band...in between my regular zumba class and marathon running."

I have no hobbies either. There's stuff I like doing - like reading, sometimes cooking, going to the beach....?! but nothing regular, skilled, passionate or intense.... mostly I work, I raise 3 kids, I sit on the couch and zone out with crappy tv and gossip on the phone to my friends....

#20 onetrick

Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:55 PM

I know what you mean, op. I dont have a hobby that sounds good on a resume. I love trash TV, I love reading (same as you- every night before bed), and I love craft... but craft is hard to work around the little one so that has kind of gotten displaced for a bit.
Life is hard enough to fit in without a hobby as well...

#21 night jasmine

Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:29 PM

I don’t have an all consuming hobby either but there are lots of things I’m interested in doing and dabble with, none of them brilliantly or overly invested in.

It’s not weird OP, I think it’s rather common.

#22 Ellie bean

Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:52 PM

View Postlizzzard, on 20 October 2019 - 07:34 PM, said:

My passionate hobby is my job. Sad but true.
Same and it’s time consuming, between work, kids, reading EB whilst watching said kids at the park etc, watching a bit of tv, reading some books and looking after my dog, there’s no time for a serious hobby. I’m happy for other people but most stuff they get passionate about seems pointless to me (as do most of my activities to them I’m sure!) If I had extra time I’d use it for sleeping. Actually can sleeping be my hobby, that’s my favourite thing ever

Edited by Ellie bean, 20 October 2019 - 09:53 PM.

#23 lozoodle

Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:23 PM

Nah not weird. I have a lot of interests but no real "hobbies" as such.

The only thing I could say I do consistently for enjoyment is annoy DP :D

#24 MooGuru

Posted 21 October 2019 - 03:46 AM

I think there's a real bias out there to not see reading as being worthy of the title hobby. But it's something you enjoy, you socialise with other people to discuss/get enjoyment and you invest regular time into.
I suspect the somewhat anti-intellectualism culture we have here is why people don't accept reading as an acceptable hobby in the same way computer gaming is for example.

#25 Lunafreya

Posted 21 October 2019 - 05:40 AM

I have several hobbies. Sewing, swordfighting. And there’s a card game I play and I enjoy board games.

I found when my anxiety hits they become more important. Especially sewing, it means I don’t have to think and I have a real sense of accomplishment when I have held something that I have made.

Reading is fine and I don’t judge other people’s hobbies.

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