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Mar
16
2010

That’s right.  I have no hobby.

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by Reach Out Mental Health

I don’t have a hobby and I am kinda of embarrassed by it.  When people ask me what kind of hobbies I do, I don’t have an answer.  I work.  I go to school.  And anything in between is homework, eating, vegging out in front the TV.  I work out but that shouldn’t be a hobby, right?

So why do I feel embarrassed about not having a hobby?

I think it is because when you don’t have a hobby, you feel like you are telling the world your life isn’t balanced.  AND I DO WANT A BALANCED LIFE!  But maybe I shouldn’t think of needing a hobby as equal to having balance in my life.  Balance doesn’t need to be adding more to my plate.  Instead I need to think about what I do to find the balance in life.  It doesn’t have to be knitting, Xbox or painting but just spending a Saturday walking my dog in the park.

Now to think of a response for the next time I get asked what my hobbies are.

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    glenn

    i dnt have any hobies..I feel fine?

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    Brandon

    I really understand what you mean. My hobbies are working doing home work and going to meetings. I’m happy to hear that others are asked that question because I have gotten it many times myself. I tell them that I work and go to school as well I really like my work and I do really good in school. School is where I do my socializing and work is where I get my need to be an advocate out.

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    janae

    i am in a mental health program right now because i have a hobby but i am not into any of them right now because i am depressed and did not know why the program helped me to accomplish my mental illness but i have been unemployed for a year now i just want to be employed again

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    40ozmilkshake

    Thanks for reading Vanessa! If everyone’s interests fell into easy to define categories it would be pretty boring in my opinion!

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    vanessa

    Don’t feel bad about not having a “hobby.” Just explore what’s out there, find out what you like, and go with that. My hobbies are reading, practicing my flute (sometimes), and writing stories.  I like those, and find enjoyment in them. You’ll find enjoyment, too.

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    Reach Out

    Well Tom…I wish I could say that I did work out before watching TV.  But I can’t!

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    Lizzy

    Hey, my hobby is barely a hobby. My hobby’s going on the computer every day when I’m done with my homework. XD

    Don’t be afraid to say you don’t really have a SPECIFIC hobby. My best answer to anyone that would ask me that question, is “I do whatever I feel like doing because I can.” It’s as simple as that. You don’t need to make your answer elaborate. Oftentimes, less words mean more to people anyway.

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    Tom

    Working out is my FAVORITE hobby, I love it, it makes me feel good, and I am proud to have working out as a hobby. After I workout I deserve a rest in front of the TV too…! smile

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    Reach Out

    Thanks Nilia.  Your words remind me that I can find balance in my own life.  And not worry about how people interpret my time in front of the TV.

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    nilia

    Hi! I do have many hobbies however, I do not feel like doing any of them right now. I am finding more pleasure in just “not doing anything”.Some of the things I enjoy, I enjoy because people like them but right now, I realized that I want to do something truly for myself, not to share with any one else, nor to impress any one else…and that is just “be me”..even if “me” is doing “nothing” like watching T.V.
    ..I hear you…and I wish you find peace…peace is balance..

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    dougsky

    A balance in life can be hard, and you’re totally right that it doesn’t just mean adding more things to what you already do. It’s about moving them around in time, balancing them out, cutting some things out (like too much facebook) and doing more of things that are good for you and that you enjoy.

    Hobbies are a funny thing - not everyone has ‘one’, they tend to come and go. I reckon they’ll come up when it’s time - and they’ll come up when you come across them and you like them. So you’ll do it!

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    Kimmie

    A hobby doesn’t determine the balance of your life, nor does it complete you. A hobby is something you enjoy doing, therefore, you just need to identify something you like. Don’t be embarased because you don’t have a hobby, a hobby is for you to enjoy, not to impress anyone.

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