So much to do, so little time

Ramistotle (@mcr513) 9 years, 8 months ago

I have some free time and am trying to decide what hobby/interest I want to invest it in.

When it comes to developing skills, one could be a specialist in one particular thing, or a jack of all trades and master of none. Then there is the middle ground….

With practically an infinite amount of things to do, how do you decide what you want to put your time into?

May 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm
Lauren (86) (@laurenlouise) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

When it comes to hobbies I do something I love (read books, volunteer, ride horses, run, watch documentaries) or something I am curious about (learn to play an instrument, try something like rock climbing, learn a new language, learn to cook a special meal) or, if I am feeling ballsy, something I have been afraid to try in the past (singing at an open mic night, start a blog, learn an intimidating dance (the tango), get into a debate with someone that I look up to).

I have really been into facing my fears lately. If it gives me anxiety, sign me up! Haha.

Ramistotle (76) (@mcr513) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

What if you had one entire free day to do whatever you like? You probably wouldn’t try all of those activities, right?

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all of the things that I’m interested in. I believe if I could narrow down some hobbies, I could get a deeper understanding and appreciation for them. I know I can’t do all of them with equal attention, so it’s hard for me to decide what I want to pursue.

I have no solution for this other than to just take it day by day, which doesn’t really satisfy me.

Ben (2) (@nebmx) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I have had problems similar to which you speak of. Over time I came to realize that it was really my mind trying to plan all of these events into my days and figure exactly what I wanted to do, like some kind of life equation. Now I find that life is much more enjoyable when I live, not day by day, but moment by moment. It is a difficult concept to grasp as our brains are used to planning things out in the future and basing things on the past. I find that if I just stop thinking about these things and just live, then activities and other fun things in life just happen and fall into place, they also tend to end up being a lot more fun and fulfilling, as you have no predetermined expectations for them.

If you are having trouble over thinking these things (most of us do, and I still do quite often) I would recommend looking into some of Eckhart Tolle’s writings

Ramistotle (76) (@mcr513) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@nebmx, Funny you mention, I am currently reading Power of Now. It’s quite the book.

I suppose you’re right though, I probably am just trying to control the situation too much.

Also, funny you mention our days as equations… I actually made one up for how much I get done in a day. Ridiculous.

Off to focus on the Now, thanks for the reminder Ben.

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