Hobbies are more than a way to pass the time. They provide an opportunity to grow, to create, and to maintain a sense of excitement about life. I’ve had a hobby as far back as I can remember. When I was five, I remember walking around with a poetry notebook which I filled with four line poems–always rhyming poems of course–about the weather, school, my Nana…you name it. When I hit middle school, I discovered the joys of playing an instrument. I started playing the flute and became so enamored with my hobby, that I graduated college with a music degree. Music led me to far away places (Salzburg, Nice, Michigan) and instilled a sense of discipline while satisfying my creative urges. It also led me to my husband, an oboist, who I met at music camp. We’ll celebrate our 30th anniversary in December.
Fast forward to my thirties. My new hobby was (still is) running. Although athletically challenged (I’m so ungraceful that when people see me running, they ask if I’m injured), I mustered up the discipline to complete ten marathons. I even ran one in Alaska, having raised money for Lymphoma and Leukemia research through Team in Training. If not for my running, I doubt I ever would have made it to Alaska. Running allows me reflective time, time to enjoy listening to music, time to work out storylines for my books, and when the temperature here in Florida drops below 90 degrees, time to enjoy being outdoors.
Now that I’m in my fifties, my passion is again writing. I’ve come full circle from my days as a poet. There is nothing quite as satisfying as holding your own book in your hands. Having a hobby that you’re passionate about just makes life better. It’s as simple as that. Perhaps that’s why my protagonist, Susan Wiles, is so passionate about sleuthing. She needed a sense of purpose after retiring. What hobbies do you all have? What are you passionate about? Drop a comment and share your love.
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