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Why pick a hobby?

March 30, 2012

Many times in my life I have picked a hobby, sport or skill and excelled at it.  Learning about, practising and spend enormous amounts of time whatever one thing I was currently focused on.  If I planned to compete in the Olympics or be an expert this might make sense, however with kids I am finding myself wanting variety for them and enjoying it.


Somewhere the desire to compete, be the best was replaced with having fun.  Instead of spending all my time making sure I am excelling, I have found myself enjoying variety.

On my last bike ride, instead of focusing on my time and average speed, I took time to look around, even stopped to take a picture.  Opening my eyes to the scenery and experience was great (the kids weren’t even there to encourage this).

I didn’t buy the roughest camping truck, but it has yet to not make it anywhere we have wanted to go, I am not the fastest rider, but I have yet to be dropped from the pack, I love my canoe, but plan to start kayaking as well.  I am picking adventures, not based on any hobby, but based on what sounds fun.  If it is far from the normal it seems to now have more appeal.

I still plan to improve my outdoor skills, become a better sailor, get my boat license, take an avalanche course,  refresh my climbing skills and an outdoor survival course.  All this to support a desire for varied adventures giving the boys a varied taste for the outdoors and so as a family we can frequently have fun as we adventure together.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Yolanda Presant permalink
    March 30, 2012 11:47 pm

    This area is certainly a great one for doing all those things!

  2. March 31, 2012 5:59 am

    you are totally right to put priority on fun 🙂

  3. March 31, 2012 7:54 am

    You sound like me… always up for a fun new adventure (especially if the family can come along),

  4. April 1, 2012 10:20 am

    Adventure and new challenges keeps us young and growing. It’s a great gift to give to children. Speaking of adventure… it doesn’t have to be physical. I’ve found writing 2 or 3 blogs a week a very challenging adventure. (grin) Great photo of a nursery tree BTW. They always remind me of how life goes on…

    • April 1, 2012 10:28 am

      Glad you like it, couldn’t agree more. I am really enjoying blogging, not only sharing my adventures, but it is amazing what others are doing.

      • April 1, 2012 10:39 am

        Never had one I didn’t enjoy. Looking back over more years than I can count… they provide a rich tapestry to life.

  5. April 3, 2012 9:09 am

    LOVE this post! Sounds like you & your family are having lots of fun adventures together! Very very cool…. and and inspiration!

    • April 3, 2012 9:11 am

      Thank you, glad you liked it. It’s amazing how much I learn from my kids.

  6. April 4, 2012 8:40 pm

    It’s so important to remember how we are drawn to the things that just sound fun instead of focusing on “our time or how fast we’re going,” just like you said. That’s great!

    • April 4, 2012 9:02 pm

      Thanks, glad you liked it. I am often very goal driven,and too often i completely miss the ride. I am learning to enjoy the ride, and loving it.

  7. April 16, 2012 1:54 pm

    What wonderful musing about getting hobbies. My trouble is that I have too many and not enough time ! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking my “Two Subjects” photos. Hope to see you back soon!

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