Growing up I had a couple of different hobbies. My first one being football; as my mum played for the towns' ladies team (and she was really good I might add!) as a kid my weekends would be spent down at the side lines with the other players' kids. We had a great time, running around playing in the fresh air, rarely enough time to get bored before we back in the clubhouse having a drink and some butties!
When I was a bit older I played for the under 12 girls team, I really enjoyed it but I soon discovered what was to become my real passion... Horse riding!
Perhaps the fresh air of the footy days gave me my love of the outdoors, and I was very lucky to have a few horse riding lessons, but it was a rather expensive hobby to want when you were a child of a single parent!
Lucky for me, a friend of my mums gave me the opportunity to ride her horses and help look after them. I learnt all the basics here and how to ride a 'proper' horse as opsoed to a riding school pony! For this, I thank her from the bottom of my heart.
After leaving school I became emersed in 'growing up' and so I didn't return to riding until I bought my very first horse at the age of 21. After owning various horses over a 6 year period I 'gave it up' due to work and education commitments... That was 2 years ago.
I don't have a hobby now, and I think I'm missing out... I miss my horses so much but it's such a time consuming hobby and an expensive one at that! Perhaps I should 'bite the bullet' and go for it? Or try to find something else?
Did you have a hobby as a child that you would like to revisit? Or perhaps you've taken up a new hobby in your older years?
Do you think hobbies are good for you, and really do have an impact on your stress levels?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on hobbies, and whether you think we are better with them or no different without them!