There’s nothing I like more than an addictive hobby. I love the intensity of obsession. I love that all-encompassing, can’t-quite-get-enough feeling. I love waking up and falling asleep thinking about it. I love knowing exactly what I want to be doing, and even when I’m not doing it, I can’t wait to get back to it. It gives me energy and clarity and certainty. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle piece snapping into place. It’s like falling in love.
I don’t just love doing the hobby, but also researching it and learning everything I can about it. I love the gear that goes along with each new hobby – the tools and supplies and books and websites and wish lists. I love the sense of connection to others who share the obsession.
I’ve been that way about all kinds of hobbies over the years: knitting and other crafts, and various kinds of art-making and online role-playing games and fish-keeping and day-trading and bird-watching and bush-bashing and balcony gardening and hiking and camping and running and antiques-scrounging and flea markets and collections of various sorts (antique photography, vintage clothing, mannequins, old playing cards, artist trading cards, old cameras, ephemera, silver, old purses, hats….).
I know I’m forgetting some.
Eventually I either burn out on the hobby altogether (like Japanese rice-paper lamp-making – I used to make these gorgeous lamps with real marijuana leaves in the panels), or it becomes a smaller, saner part of my life (like knitting).
For awhile after a hobby loses its grip on me, my life becomes more balanced and I get more sleep and I get more accomplished, but I can’t help feeling that something’s missing.
As much as I might want to, I can’t just rush out and replace a fading hobby with a new one – there’s a kind of alchemy to addiction, and I have to wait for it. Ironically, sometimes the new addiction is something that would have struck me as utterly boring at any other time in my life (fish-keeping is a good example).
What are your past and current hobbies? Do you stick with the same hobbies, or do you sometimes let some go and adopt new ones? Do you tend to get obsessive about them? Have you ever called in sick so you get your necromancer up to level 60?