We live in a world where there is so much pressure all around us. Pressure to always feel like we can do and achieve more. Pressure to be the best at anything and everything. Social media makes it harder because we’re only seeing a glamorous snapshot of someone’s life and their achievements. What we don’t see is the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears that went into those achievements and also sometimes failures. I mean, who wants to post about all of the times they failed?
There’s so many quotes out there about “giving it your all”. Instead, I want to focus on how it’s okay to not always give it your all. It’s okay to have hobbies that you enjoy and don’t make money from.
You can enroll in yoga teacher training because you want to further your yoga knowledge and never take a teaching job. It’s okay to like running but not want to train for a marathon. You can enjoy cooking and not open a restaurant. You can craft or paint and not create an Etsy account. It’s okay to do things that make you happy and you don’t have to turn them into a profession or be perfect at them.
Dictionary.com defines the word ‘hobby’ as ‘an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation’. Read that last part again, ‘…not as a main occupation’. Hobbies are important, they are a form of self-care and a way that we can decompress. The next time you are putting added pressure on yourself to ‘be better’ or ‘do more’, remember that it’s okay to have an activity that just simply makes you happy.