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    Simplifying or right-sizing hobbies?

    Anyone else have a problem with picking up new hobbies? I am like a shopaholic for new hobbies! haha

    If I see a hobby I might be interested in I usually go for it, for a couple years or so. Then I "strategically discontinue" the hobby and sell all the stuff related to it. Then move on to a new hobby.

    This obviously costs some cash in many cases. But I also wonder if having such a complicated portfolio of hobbies prevents me from feeling the simple depth and richness of a decades long hobby.

    Thoughts? Anyone else share this experience?

    Thanks,
    -Jake

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    Look up Scanner personality type or "polymath" if I'm remembering correctly. Sounds like you might be one of us.

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    I get bored with a hobby once I've gotten to the "good enough/pretty good" state. Its no longer challenging. Also, I tend to create practical items and have changed hobbies just because I had too many of an item. There's only so much cross-stitch/quilting/knitted socks/tatting that a person can use or give away to family/close friends.

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    Kestra:

    Haha! I might be that type. Though I tend to set a specific goal and then follow through with it, like: "Learn 12 dance steps/moves in a year" or "learn to catch three species of fish" or "learn to forage 5 different fruits in the greater Columbus area."

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    I don't usually drop hobbies completely, but put them away and then come back to them.

    One exception was knitting - I really tried, but never got the hang of it. I felt guilty wasting all that yarn (I ended up giving it
    away.) I also gave away my sewing machine, though I still enjoy sewing by hand.

    Most of my hobbies (writing, drawing, calligraphy, hiking, birding) require little in the way of supplies.

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    Those hobbies that require few supplies can be really great! I got on a meditation kick for a year or so. I just used a gong alarm meditation app on my iPhone (back when I had a cell phone). It was free.

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