Trying to find a hobby that you actually like enough to be consistent in is a difficult task. It’s even more of a challenge when you don’t really have a specific area of interest. On the other hand, hobbies can be pretty much anything you want it to be, so there is room to discover and explore whatever you might be interested in. Whether you find yourself interested in everything or nothing in particular, these 5 tips will help you find a starting point when it comes to declaring your new hobby.
1. Throw Out Everything and See What Sticks
Having an idea of what you’re interested in is a great starting point when trying to find a hobby. Do you like being creative? Maybe you enjoy activities that involve more of a community of people? Do you like heights? Or, maybe you want something that involves everything you’re interested in all rolled into one. There is also the scenario where you don’t know what you like, but you also know what you have no interest in whatsoever. Whichever situation you find yourself in, use that as a starting point to help guide you in the right direction.
2. Try Random Activities
A natural step after figuring out what you do and don’t like is trying random activities related to those interests. For example, if you want something to help let out your creative energy, try painting or drawing or pottery. From what I’ve seen the art community is huge, and I always see artists encouraging and supporting one another, so you’ll have plenty of people to talk to when you are getting started. Sometimes trying a random activity that has no connection to what you are like can provide a beautiful story of how you found what you love to do. Like they say, don’t knock it til you try it.
3. Search Groupon
One of the first places I go to when I’m looking for something new to try and/or do is Groupon. I think we’ve all been on Groupon once or twice before, so we know that they have tons of different businesses and courses to choose from. You can decide to learn a new skill or if you want to do something a bit more physical, you can choose one of the many places in your area to try out. You might be surprised by what you can find. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out Vegas had a trapeze company that was offering all kinds of acrobatic lessons.
4. Start With An Activity You Can Do At Home
You don’t always have to go somewhere to find a hobby. For all you know, your new hobby could be right under your nose. There are a ton of hobbies you can try out in the comfort of your own home. You might already be doing one of them just out of sheer boredom like watching television. If you don’t think watching tv is a hobby, then you haven’t seen the comment sections of clips of The Wire (one of my favorite shows by the way). There you will find debates, character analysis, and of course thoughts and opinions on the show.
5. Watch Videos on YouTube and Instagram
If you need a tutorial on something, YouTube or Instagram is bound to have it. You can learn how to knit, how to edit videos, or how to make your own clothing. Both social media platforms also provide a great way to connect with others who have the same interests as you. It can be encouraging to see and talk to people who are doing what they love to do.
Personally, I’m trying to find a hobby too. My issue is that I’m interested in practically every new thing I see. Trying new activities is one of my favorite things to do, but it makes it harder to commit to potential hobbies. Lack of commitment when it comes to hobbies makes it harder to be consistent and grow your skills. I would love to find something that I can be consistent in, but I’m still on the lookout. If you too are trying to find a hobby, share how your search is going in the comments!