My assignment: Write a blog about your hobby(s), an activity you enjoy doing for pleasure and/or relaxation during spare time.
Spare time? What is that?
At this point in my career (10 years from retirement) I thought I’d be coasting along and have time to do things I enjoy when I’m not working. But because of the new economic structure, everyone has to do more with less and I end up working long hours with less time than I had when I was younger. I do enjoy my work and get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from meeting the challenges and I know I’m good at what I do.
But for the time I do have I get the most out of getting out of the city and hiking in remote wilderness areas. Doing this recharges and renews me like nothing else. So we decided to make it a point to do this every three months after my job got so stressful a year ago.
When I have time, I also enjoy reading. I don’t generally read books for pleasure any longer, but read articles in magazines and newspapers. I have lots of professional reading to keep up with developments, so that leaves little time for reading for pleasure. I still get a daily newspaper and also the New Yorker magazine and try to keep up with them. This latest trip I took I read the New Yorker articles on my iPhone for the first time and that worked nicely.
I used to knit a lot and that’s how I got my Internet name “Siobhan Knits” (Siobhan is my middle name). I have knit sweaters, hats, scarves, shawls, afghans, and mittens, but my favorite was socks. I still have bins of yarn in my closet but will probably not get it out again until I stop working full-time (though a second grandchild might also motivate me to get the needles out!).
And as far as needlework goes, I used to do a great variety of it, including embroidery, crochet, needlepoint, and just plain sewing. When my daughter was small, I sewed almost all of her clothes. I don’t even own a sewing machine any longer.
Journaling and writing poetry have given me meaningful outlets to help me achieve personal growth and expression in the past. These SP blogs are about all I do of that any longer. I can see myself doing more of this when I have more time for personal pursuits.
Even though running constitutes part of my plan for physical & mental health, it’s also something I enjoy and do for relaxation. So does that qualify? I hope so! If I decide to do a marathon to celebrate turning 60 in 2015, the training will take the same amount of time as a part-time job, so I’ll really feel the pinch, but it will also provide many benefits. If I do that, I’ll probably start training for it in the summer of 2013.