Letting Go of a Hobby

I knew I needed to move on. I made the decision. I made it a half dozen times over the past year. But this time I really meant it.

I started making jewelry when I was 15, as a 4-H project. My mom thought I should make more and sell it. So I did. I saw success on and off, but was never able to stick with it long enough at a time to build a successful business.

And then I read something from Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life by Shannon Ables that really made me stop and question my motives. She asked her readers what they were passionate about. What they enjoyed doing so much that hours could pass by without them looking at the clock. And I realized that that was never me with jewelry making. My eyes were always going to the clock. Sure, I needed to know how long it took to make a certain piece so I could put a monetary value on my time, but it was more than that.

It was then that I realized that it was never my passion. I had listened to other voices telling me I was good at it and should pursue it, and was allured by the thought of making money at it. But in truth, I invested far more money in it than I ever made back. Not only that, but I wasted over seven years alternating between throwing myself into making and trying to sell jewelry, and being sick of it, and then feeling guilty when I wasn’t devoting time to it.

As soon as I made the decision to break up with my hobby though, I felt free of that guilt!

Even though all the jewelry making things I accumulated have yet to be liquidated, I don’t feel the weight of them anymore.

So now I find my mind turning to other failed hobbies:

The bass guitar I never got lessons to learn to play, but that is signed by my one-time-favorite band.

The sewing machine I used for two dresses–actually one, because the first one I did mostly on my friend’s heavy-duty one.

Sports equipment I haven’t even used, but acquired because “everyone should have a set of these lying around just in case.”

Says who?

I don’t even know.

So tell me, have you ever let go of a hobby? I’d love to hear about how you were able to make the decision, or what better things you were able to devote your time, finances, and energy towards as a result.

 

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