I’ve learned a lot about myself these past 2-3 years, especially since I read the journals that I kept. I learned that the two hobbies I just can’t outgrow are riding motorcycles and skydiving. They carve meaning into my life.
I spent a lot of time neglecting them both for years and always wondered why I was never really able to let go of my helmets. I owned a 2006 Suzuki GSXR-600 for 6 years and sold it in order to pay for my skydiving license but just had to keep the helmet. I was given a helmet for skydiving and started jumping until I started working in the industry because someone I had been dating at the time was a parachute rigger turned tandem/AFF instructor.
He ended up breaking things off with me to move back home to Michigan and I stopped jumping, but kept the helmet. Jumping got expensive and because I was paying rent on my own now, I focused more on working. I worked too hard, too long and too much in skydiving. It paid well, but I realized that it generally didn’t make me happy but what did was enjoying it as a hobby not as a “job”. It was a great experience to be able to do what I did. The best part about my job was working with the different military groups, but unfortunately I felt that I was working in the industry for all the wrong reasons.
I learned that you have to do what you truly love doing because you love it, not because of money, ego, someone else or any other bullshit reason. I gave up two hobbies that made me feel alive, just so I could work in an industry for all the wrong reasons.
This makes me wonder if I should really separate work from hobby. But if you do find something you truly love doing, it doesn’t feel like work at all, right? Because you want to do it, not because you have to. So the work that you do is really a hobby, you just happen to make a living out of it. But what if you get bored? I would like to spend more time blogging because it’s really fun. I’ve always enjoyed writing and know there’s so much I can learn from it but not sure if I would want to make it a career. Then again, when I worked in skydiving, the job I had was not generally fun in itself, it was just linked to a hobby that I very much enjoy.
I’d really love to receive comments/opinions on whether to separate work from hobby or team them up.