As someone who has made running a central part of my life, it sometimes interferes with my ability to pursue other hobbies and interests. Now, don’t get me wrong: I love running (obviously) and wouldn’t change a thing about how much time and effort I devote to it, but there are certain times when I wish I had the time to pursue other hobbies.
It’s good to have hobbies and interests, of course, and it’s good to diversify and mix them up, just to keep things fresh. So since I spend so much time talking about running on this site, I thought I’d do a post where I outlined a few of my other interests, just to mix things up.
Reading. Is reading actually considered a hobby? Lol. For some reason, it doesn’t strike me as what a typical hobby would be. But it’s something I spend quite a bit of time on! Since I commute into my job every day, on a train, I actually do have quite a bit of time to do some reading, since I have that time to kill every day. What do I like to read? Non-fiction books, Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, the occasional novel, and football news.
Gun range. I may not strike you as this kind of person, but I’m a big gun enthusiast! Of course, I have my permit and my favorite best gun safe, and everything is legal, so don’t you worry. But sometimes, not too often, I like to go to the shooting range and fire off a couple of rounds. You’d be surprised at how awesome it feels! It’s an amazing stress relief, and it’s something that’s great to do alone, when you feel like getting away and getting some solo time. Of course, self-protection is also important and I do carry my weapon on me at times, so being an expert marksman certainly helps me feel safer.
Gardening. This is a newer hobby and something I’m thinking of devoting more time too. We have a small little garden outside our place, not too much yet — just some tomatoes and cucumbers for now — but it’s an incredibly relaxing activity, really. You just buy some seeds at the store, and plant them, and take care of them to make sure they get some sun and water. The best part is watching them grow, then picking them when they’re ripe — and then, of course, being able to actually EAT the food that you grow! Everything tastes so fresh and delicious, it’s actually very amazing.
So, yeah — those are a few of my hobbies that I’ve been spending some time on recently.