Time flies, doesn’t it? It’s also easy to become negligent! I have personified “lazy” when it comes to this blog. Months have come and gone and I haven’t written a thing here. Not that I haven’t written anything, just not here. So, let me re-enter the fray with a little suggestion: get a hobby.
Back in the spring of 2014, I decided to buy myself a digital camera. Years ago, I used to take lots of photos with a Minolta SLR. Got pretty good at it. Then came marriage and children, and those who took photos back then will remember that film got expensive, as did getting it developed. So, I dropped photography. Other than a few snapshots with a point-and-shoot, I took few photos.
Last year, I invested in a Nikon (save it, you Canon freaks ;-) ). Great little camera. It can do 10 times what my old camera could do. I also joined a local photography club. Well, “club” is questionable. We have no official meetings, no dues, no officers, etc. It’s a loosely organized club based around a Facebook page. Some of us locals do get together occasionally for “group shoots” where we all gather somewhere and take pictures together. Sometimes we have “models”, people who will stand still for a few minutes while the rest of us wrestle with our settings to get a shot! But we share knowledge and expertise, learn a lot, practice, and improve our ability to take decent photos. Great fun, and we’ve got some fantastically talented photographers, even some pros who are always ready to give guidance or helpful tips.
It’s been years since I’ve enjoyed anything quite so much. It’s something very different from my everyday world. I get to know and enjoy lots of people I probably would not have met otherwise. I’m learning new things, and producing some pretty nifty photos, even if I say so!
So, why should you get a hobby. Some of the reasons are in what I already wrote, but let me give you a short list of benefits;
- It reduces stress and provides positive relaxation
- It gets your brain working, exercising mentally, to keep you sharp
- It provides a sense of fulfillment different from your daily life
- It gives opportunity for making new friends and acquaintances
- It’s an opportunity to become helpful to others
- It’s fun, and there should be more fun in life
- It causes you to get up, get out, and get involved
- It can connect you with young and old, which always broadens your perspective
- It makes your real work more enjoyable because you’re rested and fresh
You don’t have to be a photographer. Of course, if you’d like to be, I can suggest a nifty photo club. It doesn’t really matter. Be a woodworker, become an artist, whatever. Find others who enjoy the same activity and get involved with them. I’ll leave you with a recent photo I took just to say that here’s a tangible explanation why I enjoy what I do.