Get a hobby!

Six steps to consider when looking for a new hobby. Check it out!


Are you sitting at home bored out of your brain, wishing you had something better to do? Get a hobby!

Step 1. Choose a category. Maybe you want to try something similar to what you’ve done in the past: a new style of dance, a new art form or a new language. Maybe you want to exercise and are looking for a new sport, or maybe you’ve done the sports thing and you’re ready to try something a bit calmer, like cooking or gardening. This is the hardest step because it requires you to understand yourself, what you are interested in and what kind of person you are. I come from a pretty musical family, and I grew up having flute lesson. However, in grade 8 I decided that playing the flute didn’t suit my wild, crazy teenage personality so I decided to look for something more exciting. Since I was into pirates and medieval knights, I decided to switch one long shiny object for another and try fencing. I absolutely loved it. I mean, I got to poke people with swords! What’s not to love?

Step 2. Location. It’s not much fun having a hobby that requires a two hour drive every day. There is probably something awesome close to where you live if you know where to look.

Step 3. Difficulty. If you are already good at something and want to improve, you might need to join a serious team. If you just want to have fun with other enthusiasts, maybe you should look for a beginners group. I loved my junior fencing group; playing games, hanging out with Princess Bride fans and even doing pretty well in the inter school competitions. However, once I finished high school, the goals of my fellow fencers changed. It was all about the competition. Train hard, win nationals, get into the olympics. I was training with the best, and getting left behind. I was definitely not in it for the exercise. I am now hoping that a casual fencers club might someday open in my local area.

Step 4. Mode. This has to do with how you will learn. If you haven’t checked out my video on learning styles, make sure you watch it next! If you want to socialise with people, your best bet is to find a club or group where you can interact. But maybe you want to enrol in a course or watch some YouTube videos first. Maybe you just want to dive straight in and enter a chess competition! There is no right or wrong place to start, but remember that a big plus in having a hobby is getting together with fellow enthusiasts, so remember to get out of the house once in a while.

Step 5. Age group. Since a major part of having a hobby is socialising, consider how important it is for you to get together with people your age. No fencing it didn’t matter because everyone was fit, fun and lively. On the other hand, I recently tried to join a local ukulele club. Unfortunately for me, everyone was more than twice my age and playing slow love songs from the 1960s. I decided it wasn’t quite suited for me and decided to stick with watching YouTube tutorials for now.

Step 6. Price. It’s not want you want to base your decision on but it definitely plays a big role. If your helicopter flying lessons cost you a thousand dollars an hour, your hobby is going to seriously empty your pocket. Decide how much you can afford or if you just want to find something you can do for free. These days, most clubs will offer you your first lesson free. So why not hop around? Try something new every week until you find something worth your pocket money! Also keep in mind how much time you have available since some clubs, like orchestras, will require a regular attendance.

I’ve given you a lot to think about, but now I’m going to make it super easy for you. Jump onto and use the advanced search tool for a step by step tour of your next potential hobby! If you already know what you want to try, just type it in the search box and you’ll be all set to celebrate learning!

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