Maintaining That Perfect Excuse

Hobbies, some love them, some would rather be in bed than keep one up. Personally, my hobby is writing. I write all the time. It’s a great procrastination tool. I’ll tell myself that writing is a lot more fun than; editing that video or cleaning and I’ll believe it. Anything got to do with a pen and paper or some laptop keys is an ideal way to spend my time. That’s why I write for the MU Times, that’s why I write for my blog and that’s why I finished writing my first novel. Writing keeps me sane. It’s a real passion. Sure you don’t have to be interested in writing but there are so many amazing things you could be doing instead of being in bed or lazing about your apartment. If it’s swimming, running, singing, volunteering or even eating that interests you and makes you happy then just do it. You won’t regret those decisions.

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. I started out with poetry because I loved the challenge of trying to make every sentence rhyme. But I grew bored of it when I got older. I’ve started numerous stories falling into every possible genre but I never found one that suited me and then 2 years ago I did. It was as if something clicked and I knew back in 2014 that I’d finish this.  Fast forward 2 years later, and it’s done. Edited to perfection (I hope) and currently under the scrutiny of a publishing company. So far they seem to like it which is more than I thought I would ever achieve. I found that particular publishing company on Instagram and I’ve been reviewing for them for six months now so it only felt right to (try) and  publish with them.

There are so many reasons to keep up a hobby. In the challenging times of university life, you need something to take your mind of exams, assignments and drama so why not take up something. The college offers so many great societies and clubs to join so take advantage of them!

♢ Hobbies are therapeutic. Now I know that sounds weird but there is no better feeling than beating a punching bag, breaking your personal best breaststroke time, running 11 km instead of 10, receiving a round of applause after a performance. The list is endless. So you do your self a favour and keep on going.

♢ Only do something if you really love doing it. There is no point busting your ass at something that doesn’t really matter.  You won’t really care so why bother? Stick to what you enjoy.

♢ Make sure to balance your hobby between the other aspects of your life. It’s all well and good training four times a week but is it going to affect your grade in Biology? Are you going to miss the last bus home on a Friday evening for circuit training? These are all questions you need to ask yourself.  Don’t let it take over your life, just integrate it well.

♢ Try and get your friends involved. Who doesn’t love a bit of friendly competition? You’ll be more likely to keep on busking if your friends are there to sing and play with you or just to cheer you on.

Just remember that Hobbies aren’t for everyone. But when you do find something you’re truly passionate about then you’ll have no reason not to keep up with it. 🙂