Why you should get a hobby

Hobbies keep you sane, hobbies are the best way to relax, hobbies are how to meet people like you. You can start a hobby any time. If you don’t know how to start a hobby, just follow these steps:

  • Pick a hobby or two from this list that interests you. https://www.artofmanliness.com/living/leisure/hobbies-for-men/
  • Jump in without thinking about it too much – just get started.
  • Set a budget, and be confident in spending that budget. Believe it or not, some people don’t spend enough on their hobbies. Hobbies are what keep you alive and interesting. Just stay in your budget and learn to enjoy spending on yourself.
  • Bonus! Tell people you like the hobby, then invite people who are interested. This follows the principles laid out in Never Eat Lunch Alone, a very good book that tells you how to make friends.

I like this list for other reasons. They use photos from the 1950s and 1960s. Probably they do this to avoid stock photo costs, but I like seeing that people have always had hobbies. And some hobbies get a bad reputation, but that’s all it is, a reputation. Do they bring you joy?

In the days of old, leisure time was not thought of as a chance to “veg out,” but as an opportunity to pursue one’s passions and interests — an outlet for the sides of a man that were not stimulated in his professional vocation. Hobbies were deemed important for the way in which they can strengthen every part of a man’s life.

Looking at these old time pictures is a reminder that so many hobbies are today shaped by mass entertainment and marketing. There are constantly messages of what we should and shouldn’t like, and so often, what we’re supposed to like and consider “normal” is sitting on a couch and watching movies or TV?

No thank you! Find a hobby you enjoy and go after it.

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