Creative ways to lean into leisure time, plus how to find a hobby you’ll love.
– KEYS SOULCARE
“What did you do as a child that created timelessness, that made you forget time? There lies the myth to live by.” — Joseph Campbell
This sentiment, from thinker and philosopher Joseph Campbell, sits at the center of this Permission Slip, which is all about immersing ourselves in pure, unadulterated leisure time.
Think: Hobbies are activities that aren’t tied to making a living, competing with or pleasing someone besides ourselves. It’s been proven that the mental and emotional benefits of these kick in because we’re so fully engaged that our instincts for self-judgement and worry fall by the wayside.
Ready to find (or rediscover) your next hobby? Here are a few ideas.
1. Picture yourself as a kid with a Saturday afternoon to do whatever you wish. What are you most likely getting into for fun? Learning a dance? TikTok has one or two to learn. A book? Pick-up sports game?
2. Take $20 to an art supply shop, and make it your mission to spend it on something fun, no matter how random. Then have a blast with whatever activities you choose to do with it.
3. Cruise learning apps and platforms (here are 5 free ones we love) and see which academic fields, languages, or media genres catch your eye.
4. Commit to being “bad” at something new. Most of us reach adulthood assuming we’re good at things we like to do. But the truth is, many of us are conditioned to spend a big share of our energy on things we’re already good at… rather than things that bring us joy. (This article from Extraordinary Routines lists a few more ways to branch out.)
What do you think of the idea of doing something just for the fun of it? When’s the last time you gave it a try? Share what this brings up for you in the comments!