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Hobbies: More Than Potential Sidelines

With the rise of the pandemic, I see small businesses emerge on social media. I notice them encouraging me to like their newly launched online shops' pages. Baking, cooking, crafting, anything under the sun, and I completely understand! I admire people who take the risk of starting a business by doing what they love and guiding it to its pinnacle.

As much as I recognize the value of having a side hustle these days, let us not put pressure on others to monetize every single hobby they have. Hobbies are activities that you enjoy doing in your spare time. They are meant to nurture our spirits, to be completed at our own paces, and to add purpose to our lives.

I am an artist. I love painting! I enjoy creating my own hues and colors and then leaving my lovely imprint on the canvas. I enjoy creating artwork for myself and showing it in my personal spaces. Because it is my creation, I gain something more valuable than monetary reward; the way it brightens my heart and spirit is priceless.

Hobbies are more than potential side jobs. If we want to create something for ourselves and our close circles to enjoy, that’s alright. Not everyone gets into something only for the money. Hobbies exist to provide happiness and contentment. In the middle of this tumultuous world, they provide us with solace.

And if someone decides to make their passion a way to generate income, we should support them and respect them. It takes a lot of guts to transform your passion into a career. One reason why people enjoy their careers is they find play at work.

What are your hobbies and interests? How do they spark your joy?

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