Ever since I was a little kid I have had a love for puzzles. My parents first started getting them for me when I was little and encouraging me to do them to try and teach me patience. Well, while that didn't work they did find that I could spend hours working on them and that I was actually pretty good at them.
By the time I was about six the 100 piece puzzles were too easy and I was asking for something more challenging. I started going to 500 pieces and 750 and then eventually to 1000 and now I am once again looking for a new challenge. Now that I have mastered 1000 piece puzzles I want to try 2000 and eventually a 5000 piece.
Over the years my parents have done a lot to support my hobby, my dad took a piece of material that we used for shower walls to use as a portable puzzle table for his house.
My mom bought me a foldable table to do them on after, the puzzle roller mat failed and even bought me puzzle glue for the puzzles I didn't want to disassemble. Just a tip though, the puzzle glue and the roller mats aren't worth the money, I would suggest just a normal table or something similar to what my dad did, and if you want to keep the puzzle together, I've found that tape works the best.
Not to mention both my mom and my dad spent probably hundreds of dollars on puzzles over the years. Whether it be for Christmas, Easter, or just me saying I'm bored of the ones I have, they were always willing to spend ten dollars for me to get some joy out of a new puzzle.
Recently I even found a 40,320 piece puzzle that I would love to try and complete someday, but unfortunately its $400 plus dollars which is a little out of my price range and more money than I would want to spend on a puzzle right now.
I feel like most people see puzzles and think, oh those are for little kids or for senior citizens, but personally I find them relaxing. When I come home from college I always am working on one because its a way for me to get all of my stress out and just focus on one thing. I curl up on the couch put on a show and just work on my puzzles for hours.
Everyone needs a hobby or something they enjoy doing on a rainy day or when they just feel like they need to relax. Luckily I've found one that keeps my brain sharp and that I will be able to continue to do for years to come.
I have no doubt in my mind that my coffee table will almost always have a puzzle in progress on it and I will have a bookcase full of ones to choose from.