Hobbies are often seen as something which is fad, or a detriment to one’s “adult life”. Something which is a time-waster, or childish, which people either just don’t engage in any more or openly shun when someone brings it up. Of course, that is not always the case, but this is pretty regular in western society. If your hobbies extend beyond football or baseball, going shopping or to the bar, or going fishing and jogging, don’t be surprised when you get some weird looks. People expect you to do mature things nowadays, like watch TV for 5 hours when you get back home from work, then go to bed while having an existential crisis. The truth is that life is short, and whatever time you spent trying to conform to other people’s perception of what is “normal” today, is never coming back. So without further ado, dig out all those interests you’ve abandoned over the years, or maybe never even started, and let’s look at why you getting invested in them now is a better time than ever.
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No matter whether you want to build model planes, appearing in the background of TV reporters, collecting snake skin or taking surveys, the internet is sure to help you out on your endeavours. Whether you want to go and order model building supplies online from the other side of the world, look up resources for your hobbies, or find other enthusiasts in the field, you will surely find something you need. The internet is a great tool we can now all use when we get to the moment where we think to ourselves “Surely, I can’t be the only one”, and then quickly look up to find there are several others like yourself.
It’s becoming more Socially acceptable
Even though it was previously mentioned that getting involved in hobbies of some sorts was often looked down upon, the truth is that with the rise of the internet people are becoming more and more open to different ideas, different lifestyles, and anything which might have otherwise seemed alien to them. Japan has been fully embracing their hobbyists for the longest time now, even having a whole district in Tokyo for hobbyists. Akihabara, which is plastered in Manga and Video games all over, is a mecca for enthusiasts all around the world, and while mainly focusing on “otaku” culture, it has something for just about everyone. While the west may not have caught up yet, we are seeing more and more niche businesses pop up here and there.
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What’s the worst that can happen?
Want to build model cars? The worst case scenario is that you run out of space on your table or shelves. Want to drive around real cars? Well, a crash is always a possibility but considering you can hire personal injury lawyers easier than ever, it’s not the end of the world. Feel like importing cross stitching patterns from around the globe? Worst that can happen is you get some unexpected shipping fees. At the end of the day, hobbies are mostly rather risk-free, and definitely a small price to pay for being able to say that you have something to look forward to after work.