It would be hard for people to walk around sane if it weren’t for hobbies. Hobbies give comfort, and a sense of meaningfulness to being alive. That might seem melodramatic, but it’s true. Whether it is that glass of wine and a book in the afternoon, or white water rafting trips that worry parents, hobbies are enticing. I realized that I have many hobbies that I find comfort in. If I had to choose to do one as a career for the rest of my life, it’d be to drink wine all day and critique food. That is always an option, but I like to think of that as my plan B. Realistically, I know I want to somehow connect one of my hobbies to a satisfying job, but it’s hard. How am I supposed to conjoin my interest for collecting beach glass to a psychology career?
I do know I have a nostalgic love for the outdoors. There is something otherworldly about meshing with the silence of a forest. I look forward to the annual trip my friends and I take each spring to go camping in the Shenandoah Mountains. Being there by the river, under the trees makes me remember that while life is passing by somewhere else, this place is always here, smelling faintly of soil and mud while a honeysuckle breeze blows. Nature reminds me of being a child when nothing was really important except finding a new fort in the woods. Maybe I connect the woods to a fresh start, because every time I would adventure into nature I’d find something new. I could somehow see myself incorporating nature in my career by somehow using nature as examples on the job or as the place where I actually do my work.
Right now I nanny part time while in school. I take the girls to playgrounds, and walk around in The Fan, playing with bugs and caressing flowers. I like this part of my job because I can connect with nature while working. Another hobby of mine is I enjoy going to shows to watch and listen to music. To me it’s interesting being around people who are (for the most part) appreciating music from a musician. In the future, I expect my job to somehow be similar to how I feel at shows. Me and all of my coworkers together, socializing on the job for work purposes. Although I do like my personal time, I think that work is more gratifying when working as a team.
The hobbies I have discussed are just few of many. I’m sure that throughout my lifetime I’ll develop more. Right now I find it intimidating to find a job where I can enjoy the same energy that I get from enjoying these hobbies. Wouldn’t it be nice to try out a new career every year with each new hobby I develop? Financially, it’s not a possibility unless I hit the lottery, but it is a wishful thought. I hope somehow in my search for a career, that something, whether it is a new hobby, will pull me in the right direction. This wishful thinking may not be enough right now, but it’s the start of my plan for the future.