There’s a million hobbies across the globe, and I firmly believe that everyone has a hobby (they just might not know it yet). Hobbies are fun activities that invigorate and exercise our minds and give us all an outlet for that pent-up creativity that we sometimes miss in our day-to-day lives. On top of that I’ve found that it’s nearly impossible not to smile when working on a hobby.
So what is a hobby? Well, just about anything can be one! The word “hobby” comes from a 13th century term “hobyn” which meant small horse or pony, and over the centuries the construction of miniature horses for special occasions gave rise to the term “Hobby,” which today can be used for just about any leisurely pursuit. In fact, I just exercised one of my own personal hobbies: Etymology, tracing the evolution of a word (no, I was never beaten up in school for being a geek).
We all have hobbies, whether we realize it or not. One of my best friends loves to dig through garage sales and thrift shops for interesting bits of cloth which she then uses to create her own unique clothing. That hobby amazes me. It takes recycling to an entirely new level, while simultaneously showcasing her creativity from a simple walk to the store!
One of the coolest hobbies, though, in my opinion, has to be stargazing. From a home-installed telescope, these hobbyists explore the wonders of the universe with their feet planted firmly on the ground. What makes this even more amazing is that some of these hobbyists have made discoveries well before they were known to the scientific community. The most famous of these events happened when Thomas Bopp and Alan Hale looked through their telescopes in 1995 and discovered a comet streaking through the sky, which now bears the name Hale-Bopp!
Some of my fondest childhood memories come from hobbies. When I was a child, my pop gave me a model car. For those of you who don’t understand what I mean, let me paint a word picture. This unassuming box contained inside fifty or so parts, all relatively flat, just waiting for some little boy like me to put it together into a three-dimensional hot rod speedster.
Looking back on that now, I still get a smile on my face. Sure it had little in the way of realistic detail, and I wasn’t exactly too great at putting the details on right, but it influenced me in ways I can’t begin to explain. Plus, it was one of the best days I ever spent with my dad, so I’ll just say that if you happen to be a parent, grab a snap fit model from your local shop and spend a day putting it together with your kid. At the absolute least, you’ll have an enjoyable day with the little one (note that most model kits specifically say for ages x and up, and I do heavily recommend following the package’s advice!).
So Hobby on!