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When is a hobby not a hobby?

Do you list old hobbies as hobbies? I ask because I still consider old hobbies as hobbies even though I've stopped partaking in them.

Before I was widowed I'd spend a lot of my spare time engaging with interests but now I've got the time I don't seem to do much. I'm not depressed, I work 24 hours a week, look after grandchildren one day a week, walk my dogs, meet friends for coffee, do the usual boring housework etc but I've no inclination to get out craft materials or start writing.

I'm quite happy to sit and read or watch TV but other than that I'm happy to just sit and be. ('Sometimes I sits an' thinks and sometimes I just sits'.) I'd say my current 'hobbies' are doing the crossword online, looking at property on Rightmove and looking at jobs on Indeed.

I have this guilt thing (probably generational) that I should be doing something useful all the time. Anyone else feels the same?

Created By on 05/11/2021

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24th Nov 2021 22:31:47
Thanks for voting!
I think a hobby stops being a hobby when you make money from it, and when you stop practising your hobby it becomes an interest. Over the years I have had many interests and a few of them have become hobbies, such as photography, rocks and fossils painting, bird watching etc, but my lasting hobby has been gardeing,and now I am not so nimble, in pots and containers and my small greenhouse.
LIke you now I am happy to sit and watch, nature, people, sundown etc, or just sit and enjoy being. I finally got over the must do something thing to just appreciate what I have done and what I have had in my life!

Have a Happy retirement

PS I am still busy!!!!

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