11 Reasons Why You Should Have Hobbies

11 Reasons Why You Should Have Hobbies

Your interests aren't pointless—they're important.

We live in a busy, fast-paced world where it's easy to lose time for hobbies. The looming shadow of "What Needs to Get Done" closes in and suddenly our lives are all work and no play which, according to Stephen King, never ends well. Prioritizing makes sense, but there's a limit to how much we should let sweet levity fall to the wayside. I don't think we should ever axe our hobbies, and here's why.

1. Hobbies Motivate You To Get Out Of Bed

Life starts to look pretty dismal when all you've got to wake up for is a rough shift at work and a midterm essay you should have started sooner. Having something fun to look forward to will get that first foot out of bed. Class might be stretching on for a million hours, but you know when you get out, you can read the next chapter of that book you started. No matter how robotic you feel doing what you have to do, you'll always find fresh motivation for what you want to do.

2. Relaxation Is A must

You can't make it through life winding yourself tighter and tighter, always working, never relaxing. Recuperate with some doodling. Re-center yourself through a video game. If you never slow down or take time to yourself, you'll drive yourself insane. Instead of piling on more and more, preserve your free time for something you enjoy. Whether you can spare half of every day or only half an hour a week, you've got to take time to relax before you go crazy.

3. You Get To Express Yourself

Don't lose yourself in the gray seas of the world; strengthen your individuality at every turn. No matter what interests youno matter what you create, perform, enjoy, or tryhobbies are a way to discover and express yourself. Your uniqueness will show through your hobbies, and who knows? You might get other people interested, too.

4. You Learn The Value Of Patience

The world could use a little more patience, and maybe the way to learn it is through hobbies. If you knit or crochet, you know how long a big project takes. You don't bust out a whole afghan in one night. Say nothing of the pain you feel when you have to take out twenty rows and redo them because of one big mistake you missed. But when something makes you happy, no setback is enough to make you quit. Eventually, that can-do attitude will spread throughout your life. Learning to take life one step at a time might just start with learning to knit one stitch at a time.

5. The Ability To Improvise Is A Lifesaver

Life has a way of taking us off-guard, and while we can't predict the future, we can be ready to meet it. One thing I learned in video editing is that there's always a way. Maybe your solution is a bit convoluted. Probably there was a better way to do it. But it got done, and it looks good. That's all we can do with life sometimes: fly by the seat of our pants and, somehow, miraculously, make people think we had it under control the whole time. Maybe video isn't your thing, but plenty of hobbies teach you how to improvise. Did Bob Ross just mention a color paint you forgot to buy? Blend up your ownit will look great. Feel like baking but don't have all the ingredients you need? Maybe you'll end up making an even better recipe of your own. Some of the best things come from improvising, anyway

6. Your Brain Needs A Workout Regimen, Too

My grandmother may have an old body, but her mind hasn't aged a day, and she accredits that to all the reading, baking, and crocheting she still does. She knows that learning never gets old. Every time you pick up a hobby, you learn new skills, new terms, new techniques.... Just like your body needs exercise to stay fit, your brain needs learning to stay sharp!

7. Hobbies Open Opportunities

Maybe your love of dancing will suddenly find you on a square-dancing team in the farm show. Maybe your interest in cooking will land you on an episode of Chopped. The more you open your world, the more the world will have to offer you. Contests, classes, events, volunteer workeven other hobbieswill have a way of finding you when you pursue your interests. For all you know, they may even help you find your dream job. Maybe you never thought of being a presenter on Turner Classic Movies, but when you make time for your cinematic passion, you might find yourself there! Nothing is impossible.

8. Making Friends Is Easier With Something To Talk About

Picture (as I'm sure you can) the kind of conversation that keeps dying at the end of every sentence and literally hinges on how the weather's been. Now picture a conversation centered around a common passion. That's a pretty big difference, right? Having a mutual interest with someone might just mean getting an instant best friend. One weekend you're bowling alonethe next, you're part of a bowling league and have a new group of friends!

9. Fulfillment Should Be A Regular Part Of Your Life

With classes falling apart around you and bills eating up all your paychecks, life can feel pretty unrewarding. But it doesn't have to. By giving yourself small goals or undertaking new projects, you can feel fulfilled as often as you wantafter all, it doesn't take long to crochet a cool beanie hat, and once you sculpt a coffee mug, you get to enjoy it every morning. It feels great to finish something you started, and at the end of a rough week, it can make all the difference.

10. You Deserve To Do Things For Yourself

Here's a novel idea: we don't need permission to live our lives. If you like sewing Renaissance Faire costumes, then do it. If you get enjoyment out of basement photoshoots with your cat, then do it. Hobbies are things you do for yourself, not other people, and the word "weird" means nothing. You don't need anyone's approval to paint sweaters onto pet rocks, and it doesn't need to accomplish anything other than making you happy. So after a day of working for other people, go home and remember how important you are.

11. Hobbies Keep You Happy

All of this amounts to one main point: when a hobby makes you happy, it doesn't need to do anything else! There's great joy to be found in creation and discovery, no matter what form it takes for you. A bad day changes fast when you have a fun way to end it. No matter what the "business" side of life might throw at you, your hobbies will help you catch it and throw it right back. So what if you embarrassed yourself in public today? You have ____ to do tonight.

So don't feel bad about the time you spend on your hobbies. No matter what your hobby is, if it makes you happy, it is important. No excuses or apologies. Your interests matter, whether you have a single new one or a dozen old ones. Because after all...

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The Meteoric Rise Of Barstool Sports

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If you are ages 15-27, care about sports in any capacity or have an interest in social media, you've probably heard of Barstool Sports. Barstool's meteoric rise from just a small newspaper publication in Boston to one of the biggest sports agencies in the world is not without reason.

Let's look into why Barstool Sports resonates with so many people. For one, their social media presence is enormous and their strategy is genius. Hundreds of colleges and universities around the country have their own affiliated Barstool page which essentially creates a network connecting schools all around the country.

Why is this important?

Not only is what comes out of the hundreds of schools hilarious and amusing but also it provides a never-ending stream of content. Not to mention, students around the country (one of Barstool's main audiences) feel connected to the outlet through their school's own barstool account.

Going along with social media, Barstool's following goes beyond their main account's 4 million followers on Instagram and 1.1 million followers on Twitter. Each and every barstool employee is almost like a reality tv show character. They all have distinct personalities and social media presences that people can relate to.

Additionally, all of the employees are extremely active on social media and frequently interact with their fans. Similarly to the network that Barstool has created with colleges and universities, they have writers that produce content for many of the major sports cities around the United States. With this network, they attract even more than just the young college demographic.

While their social media presence is massive, Barstool does more than just post on social media. Barstool podcasts (I say podcasts because I mean they have a ton) top the charts of not just sports podcasts, but all podcasts in general. Podcasts like Pardon My Take have become wildly popular. This summer I would listen to it every morning on my commute from New Jersey to the Bronx. In addition, Barstool now has its own 24-hour Sirius XM station.

But what really makes Barstool great? The answer is simple: it's hilarious and entertaining. Barstool is almost like the sports guy version of a reality show where you can hear funny takes about recent sports news and laugh at the ridiculous office banter that goes on within their headquarters.

Because of how popular Barstool has become, they even have their own nickname for their diehard fans: Stoolies. Barstool Sports is paving the way for new media to arise and they're doing so in a big way. Better watch out, ESPN.

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Ladies, Stop Criticizing Your SO's Interests And Maybe Make An Effort To Get Involved Instead

Even if it's not your thing, it's important to them, Make it important to you.

Sitting here side by side with my boyfriend Chase, we have both decided to spend some time catching up on our favorite Instagrammers, Youtube channelers, etc. I know, I know, but please save the "get off your phone" lecture for another time; we all have our interests that may or may not include social media.

As I listen to the yelling and screaming that is coming from his Achievement Hunter video, I sigh and look back at my Nicole Guerriero makeup tutorial video. Then I realized, he follows me into Sephora, watches me as I apply makeup and talk through it, and listens to my hours and hours of conversation about my love for makeup. Why wasn't I doing the same? I watch his videos with him, but his love for gaming is akin to my love for makeup.

Without fail, every girl I know with a gaming boyfriend rolls their eyes and disapproves of the hobby. I get it, if it's getting to the point where all he is doing is sitting on his butt, ignoring you and screaming at the screen in front of him as an obnoxiously loud explosion happens, it's time to have a conversation. Then again, are you lying on the couch watching Tarte's Instagram stories and then scrolling through the Sephora app for hours while your significant other sits right next to you?

Everything in moderation. If every once in a while your boyfriend climbs onto his gaming device for a half an hour or so, sit with him. Be with him. I know it sounds ridiculous if you're not into it either, but that's an interest of his! In my humble opinion, you should try to support your partner in any way you can. Note the word 'try.' We're not all perfect.

But honestly, how nice would it be to have your guy walk into a craft store with you and get into the DIY project you're about to create, or cook a meal with you while you talk about your hobby for cooking? To him, he most likely can't relate to your hobbies just like you can't relate to some of his.

Build that bridge. The next time he brings up a new game he's been playing, or the book he's indulged in, or a new exercise he's been trying, instead of rolling your eyes and making a snarky comment, ask him about it. Be genuine. Try and build that connection even though you can't see why he would have these interests, and hopefully it will be reciprocated when your interests are brought up.

Support each other in any way you can, even if it's hard to wrap your head around. Plus, what's the harm in learning about something new?

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