I believe whole-heartedly that people should have hobbies. For me it usually changes every couple of months. Sometimes I’m interested in scrap booking, other times it’s painting. I’ve gotten into embroidery and sewing, and even knitting. When I’m feeling really inspired, I take to writing poetry and songs. This season it’s gardening.

I’ve started a little herb garden in pots in my backyard. I’m growing cilantro, thyme, parsley, basil, dill, and oregano, but my favorite is the red chili pepper plant. It’s exciting to watch how they grow everyday. And the best part is I get to use fresh herbs in my cooking.

Hobbies help keep us engaged and motivated. I have not started my new job yet, and being at home alone becomes very lonely and depressing. Sure I have tons of housework and paperwork to keep me busy, but there’s nothing to give me a real sense of accomplishment. I’ve noticed that when I’m having a flare, and I feel like I can’t do anything, I feel the same.

For a lot of us living with lupus, we can’t always work. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything. We can still keep our minds active even when our bodies are out of commission. I find hobbies that allow creativity or involve helping other people give me the most pleasure and satisfaction. There are a lot of low energy hobbies that you can do such as reading or drawing. If you don’t have a hobby, I encourage you to find a passion or try something new and run with it.

So, what are your favorite hobbies?

4 thoughts on “Hobbies

  1. Ahh..hobbies…very important for keeping the mind distracted when the pain and exhaustion threaten to turn me into a blubbery mess.

    I, too, have an herb garden. My backyard does not get enough sunlight to grow veggies, so I grow parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, stevia, basil and oregano.

    I also love to crochet, and while I crochet I listen to audio books. When I’m not listening to a book, I’m reading one, or writing one…I love words…all kinds of words.

    I also love hiking, but that’s a tough one with fibro, so I don’t do it much.

    We have a boat and like to go to the lake and do some fishing when it’s not too hot, too.

    1. That’s awesome! You have plenty of things to keep you distracted. I’m a word person too, which is probably why I got into blogging.

  2. Two years ago I took up photography. I am not a “techie” type person so learning about the camera has been a lesson in really opening my mind and allowing it to learn the way the camera works. The art part is easy. I am a naturally creative person. When my daughter was in the thick of her condition, I put it away. That was not a good idea as I lost all that I had learned. Now that she is improving, I am again taking it out of the case and going over all the steps to getting the “shot”. 🙂 It is important for us to make our soul happy. It makes us a better person. How great that you have a garden! I love to make fresh salsa and you gave me an idea about growing my own peppers 🙂

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