and why you should be spending time doing what YOU love
It’s human nature to crave success, to crave approval and appraisals even. However, sometimes we often get busy. Busy doing.. Well life.
I love reading. I’m a book nerd to the max. I read the entire Harry Potter series in four days in the fourth grade. Books are my passion, they are my hobby, my escape, etc. However, as the years have went by, I’ve noticed that my books have settled down on the back burner. My other passion, writing, has also become something I would do when I found myself completing all of my tasks and having just a little bit of time to spare. Cooking is something I used to love, however it is also something I began looking at as a sort of chore because I have a list of 10 other things I need to accomplish, so doordash it is.
I say all of that to show you that I am just like you, I have dropped so many hobbies and passions because, ‘I don’t have the time,’ or my ultimate favorite, ‘I’ll do it later.’ The truth is, you won’t do it later. You do have the time. You just have to MAKE the time for it.
Let’s use myself as an example and my three passions/hobbies.
My current schedule looks like this: Wake up at 5, gym at 5:30, get to work by 9 AM at the latest. Then, get home by 3–4 PM, cook dinner, when I say cook dinner, I mean make something that will take me less than 20 minutes, have dinner around 5–6. Clean, relax, bed by 9, watch TV till I fall asleep, (most likely 10 PM.)
Now let’s break everything apart. When I work out, what do I listen to? What about when I’m driving to work? How about during my lunch break? What about on my drive back home? Anything going on when I’m relaxing at home? Do I need to watch TV right before bed?
Making the time for your hobbies can be very simple. First, think of all the people in the world that are out there doing their thing. Writing is not only their passion, but also their career. Cooking is not only something people do because they have to eat, but because they enjoy it. Reading isn’t something people are forced to do, it’s something they do to learn, entertain themselves, etc. Why can’t you be one of those people? What is stopping you? You have just as much time in a day as they do. Why can’t you make a career out of writing?
Here’s the deal. People often mistake wasting time doing meaningless things with, ‘being busy.’ Stop it. Start making every minute of your day count. Think of time as money. Do you want to go through life never doing what makes you happy? Do you want to go to bed every night feeling you didn’t even enjoy yourself? Personally, for me that is the worst feeling. The feeling of going through all of the motions in life, not being able to do what I enjoy, not being able to experience some sort of pleasure from my day is something I dread.
Which is why I’ve changed my routine and I make the active and conscious decision to fit my life around my passions and hobbies. Here are a few ideas/tricks/tips that I do and that I think you should try as well.
- During my workouts, also during my commute to work/after work I listen to audiobooks. This allows me to cross off the books that have been on my bucket list.
- I actively take time out of my day for writing. I know I have a lunch break at work, I bring my journal/laptop and get to business.
- I prep to cook. I love food, I love trying new things, which is why I take 20–30 minutes every week to go through Pinterest, magazines, food blogs, etc. in order to find recipes that I want to try! Sometimes, I give myself extra time at the grocery store just so I could walk around the aisles looking at new things, brainstorming what I could cook up during the week. When you make a plan, you feel satisfied. You feel content. There is no need for doordash because you’ve got all the ingredients you need, and you’ve got a recipe!
I hope you try those tips/tricks out! I promise, there is no feeling that is greater than being able to do what you love. Life is too short. Do what you love.
What are the things you feel like you have no time for? And what are you going to do to change that? Let me know in the comments below!