Some people try all their lives to maintain passions and hobbies, as this helps them to relax and feel better about themselves. But there are also a large number of people who focus so much on the “practical” aspect of their lives (work obligations, etc.) that they leave aside anything that seems ” superfluous.”
Result? These individuals come to believe that they have no passion, no talent, and they become deeply bored when their pace of life slows, for example, when they retire or when their children grow up and leave home. However, it is important to have hobbies to disconnect and recharge. Where do we start to find projects, hobbies that will suit us?
We offer a series of questions to ask yourself. Ideally, put your answers in writing, then wait a day or two before rereading them… this will surely help you to see more clearly and to discover which hobby is ideal for you finally.
What are the Things You are Good at?
Even if you think you have no talent, there are certain activities for which you receive compliments from your loved ones: cooking, decorating, organizing, gardening, organizing parties or meetings, drawing, etc
What were your Favorite Activities When you were a Child, and the Whirlwind of Life had not yet Taken Over?
Did you enjoy choreographing with your friends, hiking, swimming, playing the guitar? Often, our passions of youth are still there, simply buried under the routine.
What Excites You Makes You Febrile?
Maybe you like to discover new films or novels, visit museums or walk aimlessly through nature, without ever seeing it as a passion. It is the things that “light up” US the most that are often the best hobbies.
Which Topics Are You Most Interested In?
When you are in a waiting room, for example, what magazine articles are you most likely to view? Or what TV shows are you trying never to miss?
What Are Your Secret Dreams?
Have you ever wanted to go around the world, raise exotic animals, or have a big family with lots of kids? Even if these things are often difficult to put in place daily, they can guide you towards your values, and your passions are linked to them to a certain degree.
What Are Your Favorite Topics of Discussion?
When you meet up with your friends and loved ones, there are necessarily subjects that often come up: those who rebel against you, those who love you, those who make you vibrate. Try to analyze them and find out what they can tell you about your personality.
Are You More of an Active or Contemplative Type? Lonely or Social? Are You Introverted or Extroverted?
These aspects of your personality can also help you discover the perfect hobby for you.
Do You like to Learn New Things or Rather Deepen What You Already Know?
By asking yourself this question, you will surely realize that there are areas in your life for which you would like to be more involved, or that some topics have always interested you, without you taking the time to learn more about them.
Who Are the People You Envy?
There is no talk here of sick jealousy or negative feelings, but look around and try to find out who you think is “lucky”. Who do you admire for his life choices, his values? Who would you like to be? Then look at these people again and ask yourself what makes you think they have done better than you have in life. Perhaps it is simply their passion that attracts you and that you would like to be able to live as well.
Do You Prefer Simple and Rewarding Activities, or Are You More of a Modern Technology Addict?
Knowing your personal interests in this very simple area can also help you and help you target a hobby that will excite you.
Give yourself the means
Once your ideas are a little clearer, it will be easier to choose an activity in which to commit a few hours a week. Above all, do not feel bad if you are wrong and realize after a few days that the chosen activity does not suit you and does not allow you to blossom as you hoped. Just try something else. These few tips should help you finally discover your true passion :
- Don’t be afraid of trial and error : it’s still the best way to eliminate what doesn’t suit you at all.
- Check out the activities offered by community and recreation centres in your municipality. Surely there are some hobbies you wouldn’t have thought of.
- Plan “holes” in your schedule to allow you to engage in your new activities and avoid returning to routine.
- Try to register (for an art or language course, sports activity, etc.) with a friend or relative. This way, you can encourage each other to persevere.
- Take the time to experiment and don’t blame yourself if you give up. It’s just a sign that it wasn’t the right hobby for you. There will be another one, provided of course that you really want.
And above all, do not despair to find an activity that will satisfy you fully one day, there are so many that it would be impossible not to achieve it : sports activity, hiking, dance, classes of dance, cooking, knitting or sewing, volunteering, reading and writing, painting and drawing, gardening, DIY, scrapbooking, photography, music, choral singing, etc. These are just a small part of the dozens of other possibilities available to you!