There’s no question that hobbies benefit those people who practice them. Hobbies not only give us something to do, to keep us busy – they give us a peace of mind, a way to relieve stress, and it gives us time away from the demands of our everyday lives. This gives us a way to recharge our bodies and our minds and gives us the strength we need to take on anything that life can throw at us.
That being said, no two people will necessarily enjoy the same hobbies or have the same reasons for having their hobbies. And not everyone wants or has a hobby, some people are content to just relax when they’re not at work or spending time with friends and family.
I don’t necessarily have just one hobby that I enjoy – I have several. But the most beneficial of these hobbies, for me, is working on my car.
I have a 1985 Pontiac Fiero that I have been working on restoring and making modifications to in order to race it. It’s an incredibly time consuming project for sure, but with every small step I complete in the process, I feel a sense of accomplishment. The act of working on a car, for me at least, is relaxing and satisfying no matter how little or how much I complete or how many more things I find that need to be fixed as I work my way through the project.
Having my hobby makes me a happier person. It gives me something to work on, to work towards while at the same time giving me a dedicated personal space to spend time in. it gives me time alone to reflect on myself, or not, as I choose. And it gives me a place to work with my hands and accomplish something physical and quantifiable.
I know that as a man, having a hobby like working on cars can seem a little bit overrated, like a stereotype. I’ve actually had this thought from time to time. In the end, though, I’m doing something that I enjoy. I love cars and I love working on them. And that’s really all that matters, isn’t it?