Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Losing interest in a hobby

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    192

    Losing interest in a hobby

    Has anyone else had a hobby they loved but lost interest? For the past 30+ years I have trained and showed dogs. I loved the training, the classes, the shows, the camaraderie... However, lately I haven't had any desire. I work at dog shows to keep my connections and really do enjoy it. But no interest in preparing for the ring again.

    I'm thinking it's because I'm ready for something else. Sort of a been there/done that thing. I'm hoping it's not depression.

    Anyone else lose interest in a beloved hobby and moved on to something else?

  2. #2
    Senior Member iris lilies's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    14,488
    Oh yeah, sure! I think it is healthy to MoveOn in interests as long as you arent jumping from one to a other like a jack rabbit.

    I see people in my hobby groups who are here for the long term and forever. There’s another group that comes in, becomes competent, does work for for 4-6 years, and then bails. I think that is fine too. Unfortunately, some of the long termers cannot wrap their heads around the idea that some people just drop out. In the bulldog world I see people drop in a drop out all the time

  3. #3
    Senior Member catherine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    9,431
    I think I'm hardwired to start something and jump in with abandon and then... abandon. I did it with drawing, sewing, piano playing, writing, acting, embroidering, decoupaging, and running.

    These days I'm all in with gardening. I hope it lasts, because I like it a lot.

    I remember telling my mother one day "I want to do EVERYTHING," to which she replied,"Jack of all trades, master of none." She's right. I don't excel at anything in particular, but I do have fun trying.
    "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every, every minute?" Emily Webb, Our Town
    www.silententry.wordpress.com

  4. #4
    Senior Member iris lilies's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    14,488
    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I think I'm hardwired to start something and jump in with abandon and then... abandon. I did it with drawing, sewing, piano playing, writing, acting, embroidering, decoupaging, and running.

    These days I'm all in with gardening. I hope it lasts, because I like it a lot.

    I remember telling my mother one day "I want to do EVERYTHING," to which she replied,"Jack of all trades, master of none." She's right. I don't excel at anything in particular, but I do have fun trying.
    This beauty of gardening is that there are so many areas you can focus on, it is rich with possibilities. I have taken up and abandoned many aspects of it over the years, but still am a Gardener.

  5. #5
    Senior Member razz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    5,590
    Life is meant to be enjoyed and explored. I have tried so many things activities, got competent in some and found that each activity provided and enriched every other activity. We don't operate in silos separating our life in compartments, I believe.
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Posts
    1,422
    30 years is a VERY long time to do just 1 thing. Explore other areas of interest. Take a class in each. See if something else speaks to you. Perhaps it's the required appt time that doesn't work anymore? Is there something of interest you can do when you darn well feel like it?

    i can sew anytime day or night. I can garden any daylight hour (I like to weed during sunrise before it's fully shining-nice and cool). Sometimes I have to weed after work though.....but I can. I can knit day/night. i can walk in the 'hood light or dark. I can play piano when hubby isn't sleeping. Lots of interests, and soon, plenty of time!

  7. #7
    Senior Member catherine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    9,431
    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    This beauty of gardening is that there are so many areas you can focus on, it is rich with possibilities. I have taken up and abandoned many aspects of it over the years, but still am a Gardener.
    I had a wonderful thing happen to me recently. One of my VT neighbors gave me and my neighbors vegetable plants that he had started from seed. He doesn't come up here often. I put mine in the ground and I fertilized and hung the cascading tomatoes he gave me.

    I don't know why, but they are doing great. The color of the leaves is rich green and there are dozens of buds. The tomatoes he kept for himself and also the ones he gave our neighbors are nothing but sticks. So it makes it look like I have a green thumb.

    His wife took pictures she was so impressed with the tomatoes I nurtured and they gave me their tomatoes that are struggling.

    I feel like a gardener poseur, but I'm so proud that the plants he gave me, that he lovingly started from seed, are doing so well.

    It gives me hope that someday, IL, I'll also be able to call myself a Gardener.
    "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every, every minute?" Emily Webb, Our Town
    www.silententry.wordpress.com

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    2,824
    Yes, I spent some intense years on genealogy, then reached a point where I was satisfied and set it aside.

  9. #9
    Senior Member catherine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    9,431
    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    Yes, I spent some intense years on genealogy, then reached a point where I was satisfied and set it aside.
    Oh, yeah. Did that, too.
    "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every, every minute?" Emily Webb, Our Town
    www.silententry.wordpress.com

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2019
    Posts
    86
    I spent 25 years selling books. Books were my friends and joy of my life. I still read, but hardly like I did. I got out of the business a few years back. They’re just objects now and useful tools. I can’t imagine a home without books, but I spend days now not reading....

    I don’t know what’s next, but I’ll find out I guess? I think we all grow and shifting interests are part of that.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •