In today’s increasingly fast-paced and frenetic world…It’s common for people to feel as though they are so short on time that every spare minute of the day has to be spent as “productively” as possible.
While there are certainly benefits to emphasizing productivity in the right time and place, there’s a lot to be said for simply playing around with hobbies and projects for their own sake – for fun and out of curiosity – whether that means looking up free API and enhancing your understanding of site building, or spending some time stamp collecting.
Here are just a few reasons why playing around with hobbies and projects can be extremely rewarding.
Because doing anything in a spirit of play can help to reconnect you to the magic of life
“Play” is all too often seen as something frivolous, wasteful, and even decadent. As something that detracts from “serious” things.
In reality, however, regular play – in a variety of different ways – is intimately connected with greater psychological well-being, greater creativity, and more.
Perhaps most importantly, doing anything in a spirit of play can help to reconnect you to the magic of life that we all risk losing sight of as we get older. That sense of awe, wonder, and appreciation for the beauty and intrigue of the world.
Spending time on different hobbies and projects that you find interesting and worthwhile can help to fuel your overall enthusiasm.
Because you may stumble into a career by doing so
Playing around with different hobbies and projects should not be done primarily due to a desire to make money. It is worth keeping in mind that there is always the possibility that a given hobby or project may blossom into a potential future career.
Even if an individual hobby or project doesn’t lead you straight towards a new career… It may give you certain key insights and perspectives that cause you to “stumble” into a new career. Ideally, one that you find engaging, meaningful, and fun.
Your hobbies and projects can help you to come to meaningful insights and realizations in other areas of your life
We are all likely to have better, deeper, and more meaningful insights and realizations into life as a whole… If we have a broader range of different experiences and reference points that we can draw on.
Playing around with various hobbies and projects can often help you to come to meaningful insights and realizations in other parts of your life that seem – at first glance – to have nothing to do with the hobby or project in question.
Anything that can expand your perspective and cause you to look at things from different angles can be very helpful when it comes to generating insight.