I have never been the kind of person avidly interested in something for a long period of time. Sure, I’ve had obsessions that lasted a few months either about certain clothing styles (I’ve been through many from high school and onward), book series, a culture surrounding classic movies or television shows, but have never had any true hobbies other than reading and creative/personal writing. This kind of personality leaves much to be desired when meeting new people and having those introductory conversations.
“So, what are your hobbies.”
“Well, I don’t really do that whole thing. I just obsess about something until I completely ruin it for myself and then move on.”
It is trail of destruction where I consume everything in my path and spit out the bones of whatever I’d spent the past few months chewing on. In order to stop this vicious cycle (If only a little), I’ve decided to pick up or continue a few hobbies that I would do every few weeks so as to avoid spoiling the fun for myself. The only problem about that is losing interest after not doing it for a period of time. Painting, playing guitar, and writing are the three I would like to focus on and give myself the opportunity to change from one to the other if I become bored.
PAINTING // This is a recent addition to the few hobbies I have had in my life. I would have never thought about picking up a paint brush until one of my friends claimed it was relaxing and did not require a lot of artistic talent. Perfect. As of now, it’s been only a few months that I’ve actually put a brush to canvas and created something I’m proud of and currently only have two paintings under my belt, but I still think that’s a start. I also haven’t gotten bored or frustrated with it yet, so I’d say it can be officially added to my ‘Hobbies’ list.
GUITAR // This is a hobby that every high school students wants to get into at some point or another, especially a tom boy with an affinity for rock music. The key factory in me pursuing the guitar was my uncle owning a music store with equipment and lessons that he gave me a family discount on. I’ve had a black and white Yamaha electric guitar perched in my room for the about 10 years and still find myself gravitating towards it when I don’t have much else to do on a weekend. Although the strings are overdue for a changing, the sound of hitting a good note or playing a favourite song still makes the 15 year old in me proud. I don’t know if I’d pick up a new instrument, but it is very satisfying being able to say that you play one.
WRITING // This is an oldie, but goody for me. I have been truly writing since I was twelve, creating various stories based on my life and my obsession with horror movies. Gradually, I began developing a style that suited me best and try to use that in every sort of writing opportunities I come across.. So it is important to work out that writing muscle like I would any other kind in order to keep it sharp and functional. There is nothing scarier than creative atrophy, especially for something you enjoy so much.
MAKE UP // This has been a part of my life for about 12 years or so, but has taken much longer to develop and grow than with other women. I have always enjoyed a shiny, nude lipstick and understood the appeal of it since I was 12, but it was only until university that I began a daily make-up routine and it has only gotten better and more precise since then. Now there’s foundation and a bit of blush involved. I have even started trying to learn about my skin type and what cleanser would be the best for it (refer to Sali Hughes “Pretty Honest”). As of now, I know the pleasure of applying a bold lipstick or playing around with the shape of your eyes with liquid eyeliner. However, the one thing that has always remained consistent is my obsession with nail polish and will probably never stop being one of my favourite things to do to de-stress or pass time.