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How to Find a Hobby you’re Passionate About

Written by Karl Perera BA, MA, DipLC
Updated: May 16th, 2020

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Do you feel like life is just passing you by? Do your days consist of working while your evenings and weekends are spent running errands or binge-watching television shows? Unfortunately, when a person is so consumed with surviving the day to day, they fear they lack the time or energy to enjoy life. Ultimately, they end up feeling incomplete, dissatisfied, or unhappy.

The solution, however, is finding balance. Finding a hobby that provides a creative outlet can help with this. When you have something positive to focus on it allows you to invest in your happiness, learn new things about yourself, connect with others, and essentially forget about the daily grind.

My New Hobby

Finding a hooby you're passionate about - astrophotography - photo of the moon
Early morning view of the moon with my iphone and telescope

My new hobby is astronomy and astrophotography. I have a new telescope and am learning how to use it and how to take pictures of the objects I see above. When finding a hooby you’re passionate about it’s important to choose something that fascinates you so it will be a long term project.

I hope you agree this is a fascinating hobby and one that is inspiring. It will also keep me learning about science and the universe. It also makes me think about what it means to live in this huge universe filled with beautiful and unknown objects.

What hobby would you like to try?

Photo of the moon
My first ever try at taking a picture with my new telescope

Consider Purpose

To narrow down hobby options you should consider the purpose. A hobby should most definitely be something that will help enhance your life. Are you looking to grow personally? Are you trying to make new friends? Do you need some downtime? Perhaps you’re looking to move outside of your comfort zone? Here’s a look at some purposes and examples of hobbies that might be a great fit for you.

Personal Growth

The more you learn and evolve, the better you’re able to navigate your life. While any new hobby could teach you something, consider looking to those that will help enhance your life. For example, if you were interested in learning how to reduce stress and find more positive energy you might take ayurveda training. Not only would you learn practices that will help you to sustain peace and balance in your own life, but you’d be equipped with the tools necessary to support others in enhancing their lives.

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Staying connected with others is imperative to your physical and mental well-being. When you have positive relationships, it improves your mood and extends your lifespan. So, maybe you want to participate in a hobby that allows you to connect with others. In this case, you might prefer to join a fitness class or book club.

Help Others

There are lots of people who find passion and purpose by helping others. If you love to see individuals flourish from turmoil or overcome a serious problem in their lives, perhaps you should look into hobbies that will allow you to be an intricate part of their victory. Look at your own life as an example of how to help. For instance, if you have been sober after participating in a local outpatient rehab program, you may be able to volunteer your services by sponsoring or offering support to those suffering from addiction.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Playing it safe isn’t always good. You miss out on opportunities that could change your life for the better. If you’re looking for a hobby that will challenge you, think outside of your comfort zone. What’s something you’ve been thinking about trying but were too afraid to or figured you wouldn’t be a success at? Maybe you could learn how to swim, go skydiving, or train for a marathon.

Life was meant to be so much more than just surviving. If you feel as if your life is missing something, perhaps what’s missing is something that brings you joy. Hobbies can be very instrumental in helping you to find passion and purpose. To find something that best suits you, remember to consider the purpose. Then, with your best intentions, go out there and try new things until you find the activity that brings you the most joy.

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Website Author and Editor Bio

Photo of Karl Perera, MA, DipLC Karl Perera is a fully qualified Life Coach (DipLC), Teacher (MA) and author of Self Esteem Secrets. He has taught at various universities including Durham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. He has run since 1997 and is an expert in Self Esteem and Self Confidence.