Kids, there will always be some things in your life that you will enjoy doing. These things will always continue to be a source of joy and inspiration to you. It could be anything – from reading to dancing to cooking to traveling far and wide, but it would be for you. You may or may not be good at it, but you will enjoy indulging in it nevertheless. This source of happiness and pleasure is what is called a hobby. You probably already know that. But just in case you didn’t, we’d like to let you know that there is a difference between things that you love to do and things that you ought to do. Both are important to live a happy and balanced life.
“A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.”
~ Philis McGinley
Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a suitable hobby too! As kids, everything happening around you is influencing you in more ways than one. A good hobby ensures a positive influence on you, thereby making you smarter and more popular among others of your age who do not have a hobby. Can’t think of a hobby that you like? Well, that’s what we’re here for. Read on to figure out and choose what activity(ies) you would like to pursue as your hobby.
Music to Your Ears
If you love listening to music, you could make music your hobby. You could learn to sing. You might want to train your vocal cords for that. Maybe you could take lessons or practice with your friends or just sing to yourself. If it makes you feel good about yourself, it’s worth a shot. The idea is to start something fun and make it a lifelong pursuit.
And if singing is not your cup of tea, then perhaps, you could try learning to play a musical instrument. You could learn it in a group or a band and just keep practicing to get better at it. A guitar is an instrument that is easy to learn. Or you could join a class to learn to play a musical instrument of your choice.
A Little Art and A Little Craft
A great hobby to invest your time and energy into is art. Art could mean drawing, painting, sketching, pottery, clay modeling, etc. – anything that interests you. Many people use art to express themselves. You could also learn some of the crafts that might also be useful to you later in your life like needlework, embroidery, knitting, crocheting.
If you’re someone who likes to create things, you could learn to carve things out of wood (carpentry) or metal. Alternatively, if you’re someone who loves technology, you could indulge in some electronic art. There is a variety of software available for that too.
Be a Sport!
Participating in sports is the ideal way to vent off that energy building up inside you in a constructive manner. You could try dabbling in indoor sports like chess, swimming, tennis or badminton or try outdoor sports like soccer, baseball, cycling and running. Being a part of a sports team teaches you about teamwork and cooperation and it also teaches you about healthy competition and handling success as well as failure.
If you don’t like playing sports but would still like to be active you could try martial arts, yoga and gymnastics.
Sports will help you keep your mind and body absolutely fit.
Fancy Building Models?
Using construction toys such as Lego and other construction sets is a novel way to develop your mind and thinking ability. Not only does it have its cognitive benefits, it is also highly engaging and fun. It allows you to explore your creative side and increase your problem solving skills. You can start with small, uncomplicated models and move on to the complex ones gradually.
Many kids enjoy building miniature models of helicopters, airplanes, cars and rockets. Some can make really advanced models which are capable of being controlled by remote controls. However, that takes time and a certain level of skill which can be honed overtime once you master the basics.
You might want to consider starting a collection of valuable items like stamps, coins, feathers, rocks, etc. Each of these collectibles has an importance of its own. Stamps and coins will tell you about a country’s history (and sometimes even geography); feathers and rocks will urge you to read up some of the science facts.
You could also collect things that you like – dolls, your favorite action hero figurines, comics, miniature cars, pens, etc. The list is endless and all it needs is your interest and attention.
Capture Time with Photography
If you like snapping everything and everyone you love, you might as well turn that in to a hobby. Photography can teach you about aesthetics and style. You can tell stories through your photographs, immortalize memories and capture time with your photography skills. You can start with an ordinary camera to understand and master the basics of lights, angles, colors, etc. and once you feel you’re ready for the next step you could buy one of those advanced cameras and experiment with lenses and effects too. Everyone wants to be snapped by an expert photographer, so if you like photography, go ahead and be one!
Reading is Food for the Soul
Some people enjoy reading about places, some about people, some love reading stories. Whatever you read will always contribute in broadening your horizons and outlook toward life. It will also help you improve your vocabulary, besides adding to your knowledge database. Reading will also encourage you to use your imagination more often.
Just like a good habit, a good hobby will always encourage you to do different things in an interesting manner, to face challenges and work toward coming out victorious, to help and trust others. The best thing it will do for you is give you a break from staring mindlessly in to the idiot box and use your mind for creative pursuits instead. It will also help you enhance your overall personality and skill sets.
So, don’t shy away from trying your hand at different things. Explore your interests and find out what it is that inspires you.