If you consider the fact that I have a 40-50 hour a week “career” job, run an Etsy street team, keep up with 2 blogs, spin yarn, dye and card fibers and make jewelry for 2 Etsy shops then you’d be pretty darned impressed at how I manage to find time to do other things. I know, I know, what other things are there in life? Well, eating, for one. Oh, and sleeping, that’s important too.
Okay, okay, eating and sleeping could be considered as mandatory. However, painting vintage metal shelves for my growing creamer and sugar collection, pieceing blanket tops and filing taxes without the help of an accountant are all things I’ve managed to carve out time for. See, it can be done.
I’m often amazed at people who just don’t have time for hobbies. We all know these people. Heck, I work with quite a few of them. They work during the day and when they see me with my hobby at nights and weekends, they are blown away that I would have time to do something for me. I’m just a bit confused. Where does the extra time these friends and coworkers have go? Do they give it away for a gift? Do they think it has a stink and it gets thrown away? I’m just baffled. We all have 24 hours in a day, right? I know it’s not sleep that takes up their time. I’m the queen of sleep and probably get WAY more sleep than the average person. I don’t think it’s cleaning their houses (I’ve seen some of their houses, it’s definately not cleaning their houses). They profess not to watch TV so either they are lieing to sound intellectual or they don’t watch TV because they go into a coma when they get home.
So what is it? Are people afraid to find time to have hobbies? Do people complain that they don’t have time for hobbies because they aren’t creative enough to come up with some? Here is my plea – people of the world, find 30 minutes a day to take for yourself and do something just for you. Go outside and clean out a flower bed in preparation for spring planting, learn a new recipe, dust off those piano keys and give the ivories a tickle. I know you want to.
But please, please quit looking amazed when you discover that I have time for me.