By the time we reach adulthood we form many subconscious habits that can make their way into the conscious mind as problems when they start to create consequences. For example having the habit of sleeping in on weekdays may become a problem in later life when you wish you had more time during the day, and you’re always wondering why that thing you’ve been trying to do for three years still isn’t done. Other good examples are not brushing your teeth before bed, not putting money away for the future, but by far the most notorious habit that we end up regretting is not exercising and not staying fit.
The best way to stay fit I found is by finding something you enjoy doing that’s also physically demanding. A good friend of mine recently found a passion for golf and being a man who never used to go out much you can start to notice the improvements golf has made on his health. For my neighbor, gardening is a great hobby that keeps her physically active. For me, it’s diving and skateboarding.
But how do you find the hobby that’s right for you? Great question!
The first thing you need to do when searching for the right hobby is ask yourself, “What am I really interested in?” For some of you, the answer will come back automatically, because you’ve already had strong interests for many years. For others, though, the question will bounce around for a bit and no answer will come.
If you don’t know what you’re interested in, there’re several other directions you can take. If you have family, you can try to find out what your parents or grandparents were really interested in, and see if you can make any connections that way. I know a friend who started painting only after he visited his grandfather in Germany, who was a somewhat famous painter in the small town he lived in.
If you can’t make any connections through family, then you can do what millions of young people are doing and go to post-secondary school to possibly find something that is important to you. One of the teachers I used to have made a speech about how she only became a teacher when she couldn’t decide what she wanted to do with her life, and now she loves her hobby of volunteering with the university kayaking team.
If you’ve been struggling to find your passion, your interest, your hobby for many years now, then maybe, to be blunt, it’s time to saddle up and make a decision! Often we hear people saying we mist “find ourselves,” but the truth is we decide ourselves. We decide who we are and what we do, and most of the successful people in the world made a decision which is why they’re successful.
If you’re seeking a hobby to get back into shape, make a decision, and do something you’re maybe just little interested in, like taking a walk up a nearby hill, taking the grandson out for a game of catch, and, have no fear, because the great benefit of not knowing what your hobby will be is that it can be something different everyday! Some hobbies don’t allow physical exercise, like my obvious hobby for blogging, but that doesn’t mean I can’t go out for some skateboarding while I try to think of what my next blog post will be.
Now I hope that advice helped you. If not, and you’re still looking, may I suggest you try out some personal trainers. A personal trainer apparently helped out my cousin a whole lot after her second child birth. Now my cousin’s in better shape than I am!
But if at the end of the day, after a month from now, you’re still unable to find you favorite hobby, I think the greatest piece of advice I can give you is, I know it sounds corny, NEVER GIVE UP! Some of the strangest millionaires in this world didn’t know what they wanted to do until they thought it was too late. Just remember that. And good luck!