‘What are your hobbies’

This is always my most dreaded question. It’s normally a question choice when being interviewed for a job, and I really don’t know why? Is it to show that you aren’t just some career drive lunatic and you do actually have a life once you step out of the office door?

I am someone who is completely open about the fact that I don’t have any hobbies. Any ‘real’ hobbies anyway. I’m not a film buff, an avid book club member, I don’t cross stitch my way through the night and I don’t knit everyone in my family a scarf for Christmas. These are all things I sometimes partake in (knitting being a one time thing I tried and actually just ended up frustrating me) but I wouldn’t call them a hobby. To become a hobby-ist (pretty sure I just made that word up) I assume you need to be someone who takes enjoyment of doing that special something in most of your free time? In my free time? I unashamedly can say I scroll through Instagram until my eyes are blood shot, and play my beloved game ‘Hay day’ that I have been playing on and off for the last 6 years, on my phone.

Yes, I do occasionally read books, but nowhere near as much as I used to. I like to do crossword books, but that’s normally only on a long car journey, or if we are away on holiday or staying the night somewhere. I truly envy people who fully immerse themselves in something, especially something cool like rock climbing, or surfing or even those people who can make their children clothes by being a dab hand at using a sewing machine. I suppose I could also say that this blog is a hobby? But again, I don’t feel like I can count it as one because I am so inconsistent with writing on here, and you have to use all your free time for your hobby, remember?!

I do have a question though. Do hobbies have to come naturally? Or are you allowed to ‘wish/want’ something as a hobby? I do often think about this blog and wish I could turn it into a hobby, just the same as the Instagram page I have. Is it wrong to think like that? Because I often tell myself it is, because it’s cheating, you aren’t doing it because you love it, you’re doing it because you think it could be seen as cool or the ‘in thing’ to do and it would actually be really cool and helpful to become one of these successful ‘influencers’ who get paid to advertise stuff like method cleaning sprays, or just get such a bunch of stuff for free in the hope it will appear on their social media streams.

Do any of these ramblings even make sense? Please do let me know what you think, and also, tell me what hobbies you have! Because, as you can tell, I don’t have many interesting ones, and worse yet I don’t have any ‘real’ ones!


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