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What Hobbies Do You Enjoy?

  • 13 February 2019
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I just met someone in a forum who said she was a paper crafter. Many years ago I enjoyed creating beads out of paper then making necklaces. I also learned how to create a bowl from folded paper.
Every now and then I find a new hobby to enjoy.
What hobbies do you enjoy?

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I like making music and comics whenever I can get spare time and I have enough energy for it. I think it is so important to have hobbies in order to keep one´s life fresh and not stale, with all the daily chores such as work, cleaning, etc. Do you (Judith) have a website showing of your hobbies? John🙂
@John Beltran , having hobbies makes you feel so good about yourself and is such a good way to enjoy life. You get such a wonderful sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when you engage in a hobby. I have so many of them, I am never bored. Because they are mostly for me, I have no desire to sell or show them on a website. I enjoy crafts as well as music. For example, I have a screened porch with wooden wall interiors. I wanted to decorate the walls with natural things, because it gets cold and wet there. Collecting pieces of drift wood I put together some interesting sculptures to hang. Seashells with holes, strung up and attached made a mobile there. It feels so good to sit there and admire what I did.😀
What kind of music do you make? That’s another hobby I love, playing clarinet, flute, recorder, guitar, hand drum.
What kknd of comics do you create? Do you have a website?
A life filled with hobbies is wonderful! I am so glad you feel this way too.

What other hobbies do people have?
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My favorite activity is probably going on hikes with a camera (or phone camera)! I took my first photography 'class' when I was about 10 years old. A student at my school organized a photography club and her father, a photographer, taught a small group of us about how to use a camera and how to compose photographs.

So I guess I've been interested in photography since I was quite young! My high school photography teacher was excellent. In that class, I learned a lot more about technique, both when photographing and when developing the photos in the darkroom. I haven't used film for a long time, but maybe one day I will again.

My favorite subject is nature – capturing the natural beauty of the world. I love that photos can tell a powerful story and evoke feelings in the viewer. In particular, I like photographing images that could easily be overlooked – finding the things that most people would walk by and never notice.
@Laura , what an exciting hobby! Learning to be observant is such an important skill. I recently bought my 11 hear old grandson a camera for his birthday. I asked him to take photos of his sister’s basketball game. Much to my surprise, he didn’t just take pictures of the playing team. He took amazing photos of the ball swishing through the net, and of the reflections that the players feet made on the floor. Having a camera helps you to think creatively, to notice amazing things as you described.
Have you taken many pictures of the animals you have helped find homes for?
Yesterday a barred owl slept on a sunny branch in our yard all day. I had such fun taking its photos. No sooner than the sun went down, it flew away.
oh real film! The excitement of developing your own film! That was such an art! How awesome you experienced it! 😀
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Hobbies are so essential to having a rich life and the feeling when sharing hobbies and collaborating on mutual interests is such an exciting experience:) And I am never bored either but I just have to remember to relax and keep an eye out on what time it is:0 I also had a wish for selling my music and comics but came to realise that if that ever happened, I would maybe stress on keeping deadlines. But I do want to share my hobbies with others through a website which I want to make. Your screened porch sounds like a cosy and creative place:)
I make electronic music and am nearly finished with my first album which has a space theme. I like to listen to electronic music that expands my mind (why take drugs;)?) And I am heavily influenced by Jean-Michel Jarre! That is alot of instruments that you play! Do you have any recordings that you share online?
I make visual comics that have some deeper themes like love, opposites and life and I try to make them with a sense of underlying humour. I am heavily inspired by the Marvel universe and especially their funnier movies!
A life filled with hobbies is indeed wonderful!

That sounds so wonderful and so great that your interest in taking pictures got sparked at an early age:) I only got about taking my hobbies serious the last couple of years but I guess it is never too late. Do you have a website with your pictures?
I really like getting inspired by others hobbies and sharing creative insights!
My favorite nature is waves breaking and I can just relax, watch and enjoy it whenever I am around it! I enjoy movement in creative outlets and the viual style that no moment is the same.
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@John Beltran And creating a website could be another hobby! That sounds like a great idea. Technology has provided some wonderful opportunities for us to share our creative work with others. I don't have a website with my photos, but maybe it's something I'll do in the future. It truly is never too late – there are plenty of creatives who started their craft later in life.

That's really neat about your grandson, @Judith. And how special to have the barred owl pay you a visit! I do love photographing animals in their natural habitats, and I've taken photos of cats at a couple animal shelters to help them get adopted. Here's a photo I took about a year ago in Thailand, of my blind cat enjoying the sun and breeze.

@Laura , what an amazing picture! The cat is so beautiful. You captured its beauty and majesty so well here.
Here is my barred owl visitor:

@John Beltran , when you start depending on the money from sales of a hobby, it stops being fun.
I have played gigs as a klezmer clarinetist. I don’t need the extra money. It is just fun. I often donate my portion back to our leader who has 2 young children and struggles to survive. For him, it is a job that he worries about. If you plan on selling your music because you need the money, it could become stressful and lose its fun.
And yes, time is such a important factor. You totally lose sense of time when you are engaged in things you love. But it is also a wonderful way to use time.
Many people enjoy creating websites to share their hobbies. They are enjoyable to create. Let us know when yours is ready so we can see it.
I have many YouTube videos out there but nothing I feel is amazing to share. At my stage in life, being retired, I do things for my personal pleasure not to put out there for everyone to see.
Electronic music is a cool sound. I enjoy it when it is integrated with real instruments.
Your space album sounds fabulous!
Does it take a lot of equipment to produce and record?
Your comics also sound fabulous. Have you ever thought of creating a soundtrack to your comics and creating film ?
It’s so wonderful to meet people like you who understand the importance of hobbies and have had them impact your life so positively.
i hope more people share theirs!
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I am so utterly grateful for the technological improvements that we have today. Finding information, chatting with new people, creating and sharing stuff, watching movies whenever we want, seeing other cultures online and planning travels and so much more, technology is such a big invention and one we should be very respectful of while remembering to take care of our bodies and real life stuff also.
I hope that you will make a website one day and share your pictures with the world and maybe inspire others:)
And your cat looks so darn cute even though he is blind:D

This is Lukas which is my brother and sister inlaws cat. He is SO! cute and he can look at you with the cutest look ever:D

You are so right and I must admit I have for a long time thought about earning money on my music but it will only stress me if I ever make that my main goal of creating music.
Creating, in all of it´s forms, should always be fun otherwise it all comes down to just producing for the sake of it.
Making music is indeed a wonderful hobby:)
I need to clean up my current projects before making the new website:)
Funnily enough, I am also retired (I´m 38) and get early retirement money. I got it in 2008 and it was because I suffered from heavy epileptic seizures. I also have other diagnoses and they are mostly based on my bad childhood with a very mentally sick mom who sexually abused me amongst other things.
I feel I should relax more but all the while I have alot of energy so it is sometimes difficult to relax in general for me.
Your videos doesn´t need to be amazing if you want to share them with others. Our creative endeavours just need to mean something to ourselves:)
I have heard alot of people telling me they don´t feel proffessional and that keeps them from pursuing their hobbies. But everybody starts somewhere, right:) ?

I use my tablet, my midi keyboard and my tabletop computer to make music. And the most important thing, for me, is the feeling of wanting to create music, instrument(s) and something to record it with. Keeping it basic and taking it from there. I had a friend once who told me so much about making music and I was like "I just want to start to begin with and everything else comes automatically afterwards".
Yesterday I discovered how to mix multiple tracks together in a new music program and I was like YAAAAYY:D
That was so much fun!
I actually have some videos with my comics and my music on Youtube but I removed them because so I can focus on my new website.
I hope to hear some of your music one day:)
@John Beltran , technology has made such a difference for us all. I am a retired music teacher. It had always been challenging to motivate young teens . I had discovered the “garage band” program and it created a whole new world of music composing and understanding. Are you familiar with this program? It comes with an apple computer. Even if you can’t read music, you can compose, add all sorts of rhythms and instruments, including a live one. Then you can burn a CD when you are satisfied. That became a hobby for a while. 😀

I am so sorry to hear about your past, but you have a wonderful future ahead to look forward to! Coursera is a very welcoming, interesting place to meet people from all over the world who enjoy engaging in discussions of all kinds.

You are so right about being creative. The excitement and pride you feel when you do something such as mixing your tracks successfully is the best feeling! Most hobbies are like that.They fill you with such satisfaction. I am so glad you have shared yours with us. And I love cats, so I appreciate yoir soulful cat photo.😻
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Hi again and sorry for the LONG wait.
Forgot all about this thread:(

Todays technology is indeed mindblowing and excellent in so many and just like the invention of fire, it must be used with caution.
Being 39 I can look back at the 80s with a nostalgic look and wonder how on earth humans did without all the social media:)

I have heard of "garage band" but I use a Windows pc so I use other programs like Music Maker which is also easy to get to grips with.
Glad to hear you tried garage band!

Thank you so much and I try to look positive every day and I have alot to learn, as long as I live, I admit.
I try to focus on the journey and not the goal and this helps me relax in the present.
And I appreciate coursera alot also and am glad every time I communicate with new people, just like you:)
What courses are you taking, if I may ask?
I am not active at the moment but have bookmarked courses that I plan to take.

Being creative should be a human right and taught at schools because it brings out the best in everyone.
People share their passions, exchange ideas and new ways of expressing themselves.
Being an adult and working should be fun and creative and not something just to pay the bills.
finishing a track is so rewarding and satisfying:p
Do you want to share music you have made maybe?

Thank you, I will give Lucas (the cat) an extra smile next time I see him:D
Hi @John Beltran so good to see you back again!
I agree that creativity needs to be taught better in schools. The problem is that some teachers aren’t creative themselves and seem to fear creativity .It’s unpredictable and not everyone would be prepared to deal with some of the results.
Years ago, children had very little toys. You couldn’t buy many toys even if you wanted to.
Now it has become such a huge market and part of a child’s life. With all the electronic and tech toys out there, there is even less opportunity to use your imagination.
When my boys were younger they invented fabulous games from very little. For example, they would take a sock that was folded into a ball and throw it against the wall, hitting it back and forth like a tennis ball. I used to play with books as if they were people. My father told us he would sit in a chair for hours pretending to be driving a car. He would place a stick in an empty cigar box as the shifter and change gears as he drove around the world. Speaking of the world.....my son won a geography award for being able to identify the most places. He had a map hanging next to his bed. When he couldn’t sleep, he would make up different trips he found on the map. These are some examples of the kind of creativity I worry our youth doesn’t engage in. They want toys and cellphones and iPods loaded with games.

Although the journey is important, I am goal oriented and try not to lose sight of the goal. It feels good to accomplish things.
I was a music teacher. My son put some education MOOCs together which got me interested in Coursera.
Currently I am not taking any courses although am so tempted by many.
My music keeps me very busy and active playing in several groups, band and chorus.
I hesitate to share some of my music...but I will think about it. Please share some of your music if you’d like though.
My cat loves classical, music and sill sleep all day if I have it on. 😀 Say hi to Lucas again. Have you ever taken tin foil, made it into a ball and tossed it to him? My cat loves to chase these. Have a fun day!
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To list my hobbies is a challenge:
  • Morning run (06:00-07:00) with my dog,
  • My favorite activity is Kendo. I'm practicing since 1999,
  • On weekends we try, as a family, to walk on the mountains.
That are the best 3!
@Elias_P , what wonderful hobbies you have! Not only do they make you happy but they are all so good for both your mind and body!
What kind of dog do you run with?
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We adopted her when she was 2 or 3 months. Now, on July, she is becoming 6 years old. Her name is Yuki.
@Elias_P , Yuki is beautiful! I have a 2 year old long haired German Shepherd with tons of energy. My hobby for the past 2 years has definitely been training her. It takes lots of work but is so worth it in the end, to have a wonderful dog friend!

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Hi @Judith!
Just glad to be back in the talks again:)
I think that it would be a good idea if the teaching faculties would incoporate creative subjects and personal growth segments into the different teacher educations so that the up and coming teachers will be better suited to teach. Being creative is a very good way of growing inside and I think people that are creative can look at problems with new eyes also.
Also, it is important to know that we are all creative in different ways and being creative doesn't require a degree.
Just the willingness to explore one's creative sides:)
I talked to a guy at one point and he was so reluctant to try being creative because he didn't have a creative education with him.
This really opened my eyes in regards.
When I was a child in the 80s I also only had few toys and I would mix and match them to get the most of them.
Pitting my Transformers against my Lego was so much fun!
Sounds like you have a very creative family and I am very happy for you all:)
I agree in regards to feeling good about one self whenever accomplishing goals.
I just have too much "Terminator" in me, so much that I tend to only focus on accomplishing my goals and not enjoy and appreciate the process of getting there.
So I try to focus on the journey instead:)
What course would you like to take the most?
My next course is going to be "The bits and bytes of Google" I think it is called.
Please don't feel any pressure to share your music and just share if ever you would like to:)
Some of my own music can be found here btw:
It was a blast making them and they taught me alot🙂

Can you reccomend some classical music?
I want to make some modern dance versions🤠

I will greet Lucas from you and I have tried the tinfoil ball thingy also:)

Greetings from Denmark,
@John Beltran it’s so good to discuss this with you. What’s sad is that all people are creative. If you give a young child pots and spoons for example, he or she would probably happily bang on the pot with the spoon, or pretend to stir it, or put something in the pot, or use it as a stool to stand on. The young child wouldn’t say they only want a toy to play with. Whatever you might find would be good. Crumbling newspaper, for example, would be lots of fun. But we don’t encourage such play. Parents look to find expensive toys.
Even legos have evolved into not creative toys, needing to read careful instructions. When they first came out, they were so creative. You had to figure out how to build things with them. Now you buy spaceships to put together by following the precise directions.
What you did with your legos and transformers was a perfect example of being creative.
My youngest son love transformers. I thought they stimulated a lot of creative play...you had to make up a story about them and nave them transform.A lot of imagination went into this kind of play.

There is nothing wrong with keeping your goals in mind all the time. You will accomplish much. People who say you should think more about the journey could get stuck in the journey. You might rationalize that it isn’t so important to complete your goal then. It feels good to complete your goals.

I listened to your music. It’s electronic. Why don’t you try something created totally by you using sounds you find around you? Experiment with sounds. You can build varying tracks with these and might surprise yourself with an amazing new music.

I play clarinet and am working on performing the second movement (adagio) of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. It has such a beautiful melody, wonderful for a lyrical dance. See if you can find it. It should be easy to find.

I have taken education courses. Currently I am just mentoring in the mentor forums and for the mentor course.