901 Attorney - January 2020

Bringing Back Joy With a Rediscovered Hobby

This time of year, people are often interested in trying out new activities and hobbies as an exciting way to kick off another trip around the sun. Everyone is pretty enthusiastic on Jan. 1, but a lot of the time, they don’t know exactly what to do. Coming up with a new hobby is a lot easier said than done, which is why I think rediscovering an old hobby is the best way to go. There’s no better time than now, especially since January is National Hobby Month. A hobby that you stopped doing because you outgrew it or lost interest in it is a good place to start. When I was little, one of my favorite hobbies was latch hooking. My parents would take me to the hobby store, and I’d pick up a new pattern and yarn to use, head home, and get to work on my latch hook rugs. I would spend hours diligently perfecting my new rug. The most rewarding part of it was watching the pattern come through the more I worked at it. I remember being quite proud of a Snoopy rug I made. For me, latch hooking was a great way to pass the time, and I’m sure my parents appreciated me being occupied for most of the day. I particularly liked this hobby because I felt it was one of those activities that you didn’t have to think too much about to enjoy. While I might not be interested in picking up latch hooking again, I do still enjoy calming activities that don’t require too much thought. Now I might choose to work on a puzzle if I want to zone out for a while. If you find yourself thinking that’s exactly what you’d like

I can bond with my son while strategizing over a particular move. He seems quite determined to beat me. Finding your next hobby doesn’t have to be an elaborate process. It’s as easy as rediscovering what you already like. Who knows — I might need to buy some Testors paint and see what models Revell has in stock. If it makes you happy, then it’s the right hobby for you.

to do, there are plenty of hobbies that don’t require too much concentration but instead promote meditation. Visiting hobby stores as a child inspired me to build countless models of cars, planes, and ships. Another way to get back into a hobby is to see what your friends and family members are interested in. I did this recently thanks to my son. He’s now in college and has taken up chess, something I used to play quite a lot in high school. If it hadn’t been for him, I don’t think I would have found so much joy rediscovering one of my oldest hobbies. Although I liked playing in high school, it’s even better now that

-David McLaughlin

“Finding your next hobby doesn’t have to be an elaborate process.”

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