Get an F Word Hobby is my first 2020 New Year’s Resolution, and I have so many ideas.
Before becoming a mother, I had a ton of hobbies. Some of my favorite activities included cooking, drawing, painting, reading, salvaging “junk” found at antique and thrift stores and writing poetry.
The birth of my son took the fun out of a couple of hobbies. Cooking and reading, for example, became chores. At the end of a long day working and parenting and housing, I didn’t want to cook — and reading new books with new characters took too much emotional and mental energy.
Energy I didn’t have.
A good many hobbies, though — the ones I enjoyed for the benefit of self-expression — had to be boxed up and taken to the basement where my suddenly mobile baby wouldn’t eat them.
Charcoal, brush balm, oil and watercolors do not a teether make (unless you’re a baby who will put anything and everything into your mouth).
Well, my son is older now, and he puts far fewer things in his mouth than he used to — so I’m taking back my hobbies and finding some new ones along the way.
Here’s my current never-complete list of happy hobby ideas:
- Crafting — I don’t know what this means yet.
- Creative writing exercises to inspire new poetry.
- Crocheting rugs and scarfs and shawls.
- Drawing with charcoal, oils and pastels.
- Going to antique and thrift stores.
- Joining MakeICT.
- Making tapestries — the drapey ones that are made of yarn.
- Reading books that don’t rhyme (and that I haven’t read 10 times already).
- Salvaging the furniture I find at antique and thrift stores.
- Taking pictures of bugs, which I’ll explain after the bathroom remodel.
- Yoga, damnit!
Most of my happy hobby ideas don’t have a goal because hobbies don’t have an end.
I’m not making it a goal to read a certain type or amount of books in 2020 — I just want to read.
Flip Side: If I write enough poetry, I might someday have the goal of publishing my work.
I’m not making it a goal to sew my own clothes — but maybe I’ll sew some curtains, or a dress, or some throw pillows.
Flip Side: If I make a beautiful tapestry, it might hang in my dining room on the wall encasing my heater.
I’m not making it a goal to cover my unadorned walls with my own art — but I might frame the only piece I have from high school that was any good.
Flip Side: I do plan to hang a lot of pictures of bugs in a bathroom.
My goal is to Get an F Word Hobby, and I’m liking my odds of finding one I can do often enough to make it a hobby.