Adults just wanna have fun…
Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 06/07/2022 (328 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I love having lots of hobbies – in fact, I often joke with my husband that we need a larger house just to store all of my supplies.
Sometimes when I’m feeling a bit down, engaging in one of my favourite pastimes really helps improve my mood. Other times, especially if I’m feeling particularly low, I can’t work up the energy or enthusiasm to even think about working on a new or existing project.
It wasn’t until recently that I think I figured out why, as a middle-aged adult, sometimes spending time with a hobby just isn’t enough.
Because we’re not doing it just for fun.
When you think about it, many (if not most) of the extracurricular activities we engage in as adults have an ulterior purpose.
Love playing tennis? Yoga? Zumba? Ultimate frisbee?
Fantastic! But you’ve probably also convinced yourself that it’s worth the time and effort because you also get a great aerobic workout. Or it helps manage cholesterol or stress levels.
Love to knit, sew, quilt or crochet? Wonderful! But chances are most things you make are either with the intention of giving away as special gifts to friends or family or possibly to sell in local markets.
When was the last time you took a chance on a knitting pattern or woodworking project that was way above your skill level but you went for it anyway, not because you had any particular end goal in mind, but just for the pure fun of the challenge?
And that, my friends, is the key word: Fun.
Young children don’t dip their fingers in paint and ooze it all over pristine white sheets of paper with the idea that the end result might match well with Aunt Susan’s living room décor or that it might sell for $20 on Etsy.
Children joyfully get their fingers all icky and sticky with all the colours of the rainbow for the sheer joy of it.
Because it is fun!
Next time I find myself analyzing what would be the ‘perfect’ project for my extensive supply of craft papers, stamps, stickers and scrapbook ephemera (more than I could ever use in a lifetime) I think I will instead follow the wisdom of children.
To just play. And have fun.
Windsor Park community correspondent
Heather Innis is a community correspondent for Windsor Park.