I find it somewhat odd when I ask a person what their hobbies are and they say something like “listening to music” or “watching movies“.
To me watching TV or listening to music are entertainment type of activities that don’t fall into the class of being a hobby. A hobby is something that you do for your own enjoyment – like sports, painting, whittling, cooking, gardening and so much more.
With young people, it’s really important for them to find something to do that is exclusively for themselves. Something that makes them happy, something that they enjoy doing and something that doesn’t feel like they’re being pushed into doing. This is part of growing up and the exploration of one’s self – it’s important to healthy human development.
I think it’s great when people put their kids into extra activities that are outside the household – karate, piano, scouts, archery – and all of these types of things. I also think that a child should be able to pull out of these activities when they think they’ve explored it enough. The activity is for them – right?
When people have different types of experiences and do different types of activities – they’ve been able to explore their own self better. This means that they have more experience at knowing what they really like to do.
Steve Jobs said “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” That pretty much sums up why it’s important to explore yourself and do things to find out what it is in life that you really like to do. When you can make what you love have economic benefits – it will make your whole life a lot happier.