JUST A HOBBY. When I saw this sticker, I fell in love. But I also felt a slight sting. Sure, there are times we engage in pastimes that will never become more than "just a hobby" while others will become life-long ventures. But pursuing new interests (big and small) are an important part of leading an engaged and interesting life.
Sometimes putting the "just" in front of "a hobby" diminishes the importance of what we do and why we do it.
As we build the Assembly of Grand Pursuits website and magazine, it's important to stop and review why this project and this work is important. The answer that came to me most recently was: refuge and reward.
We all have different reasons for starting new projects, holding fast to one interest for years, and/or venturing into new territory. It could be that this thing you do brings you a sense of calm, is endlessly interesting, or maybe life has taken an unexpected turn and you need a distraction. Perhaps you're feeling stuck, or if you're like me, you like trying new things.
It all serves a purpose.
Our hobbies, passions, and pastimes can offer a much needed change of pace or scenery, present us with new learning opportunities, or the chance to meet with friends (new and old). And very often it's a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.
Refuge and reward.
So if something catches your attention, go with it. Do it for an hour, a day, a week, or forever. But remember, no matter what it is, big or small, it's not "just" a hobby. After all, it may just become a grand pursuit!
We're here to share stories, experience, inspiration, and ideas.
If you're interested in sharing your hobby, passion, or pastime, we'd love to hear about it!