You may have heard the quote about the three hobbies you need in life. “Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.” This sounds pretty straightforward, right? But what does this mean?
Does this mean you can only have three hobbies? What if you have one hobby that does two or all of those things? Are you limited to having three, separate hobbies that do these three separate things? No, of course not! Spend half of your life with your one hobby if that’s what you love, so long as you’re fulfilling your life in all three areas.
In my 19 years, I’ve had plenty of hobbies. Anyone who knows me can tell you that. Drawing, playing instruments, gaming, and plenty of other things (that don’t involve sports) have been added to my repertoire since I was three years old. I haven’t kept up with all of these hobbies, of course.
As a college student, I don’t have time to do everything I used to do. That means I have to be pickier about my hobbies. However, I don’t have all three of these yet. I’m not even sure if I have two! Fortunately, I’m at the point in my life where I can start figuring this out. You likely are, too. And so, I invite you to join me in thinking about the three hobbies you’ll be adopting to enrich your life.
One that makes you money
Let’s establish something real quick: your hobby should not be your job. Hold on, hear me out for a second. On Dictionary.com, a hobby is defined as “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.”
This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your job/occupation. But, work is work. Think of it this way: what do you want to do when you go on vacation? Do you want to do something for fun, or just do more work?
When you use your hobby as an occupation, it’s likely to become stressful. By definition, a hobby is something done for pleasure or relaxation. So, it’s best to keep your job and your hobby separate.
To decide on a hobby that can make you money, you might need to do some exploring. If there’s nothing you currently do that can potentially make you money, you might need to go out and try some new things!
When one of my hobbies was crocheting hats and scarves, it made me money, but not enough money. It wasn’t profitable, and I stopped enjoying it. It took way too long, and I knew I could use that time for better things, so I quit.
Why did I stop enjoying it, though? Because I tried to use it as a side hustle. I ended up doing it to make money, not to have fun. When I stopped having fun, it wasn’t worth it anymore. See the reason why you keep work and play separate?
Now, instead of crocheting, I read books and write on my train rides. Those are things that further my personal development and my writing career. However, I can’t call writing a hobby, because I plan on writing professionally.
If, for example, I kept up with playing guitar or violin, and I went out and busked in my neighborhood, that would be a hobby that makes me money. It would be fun because I’d be playing for my own enjoyment and practice, and I’d just happen to be making money from it.
Take a moment to think about things you already do, or things you want to do. Can you make money from any of those activities? If so, then go for it! Make it your new money-making hobby!
One that keeps you in shape
Exercise is important, we know. But how many of us actually exercise daily like we’re supposed to? I know I sure don’t, but I’m working on it.
It’s much easier to get your daily exercise in if you have something you do for fun that keeps you active. Maybe ball is life and you hit the court every morning. Maybe you love yoga and you meditate after breakfast (which is great for your mental health, too).
I’ve tried yoga myself, but it doesn’t seem like something I can get into just yet. It’s not something I feel I can do every day. I’ve been going out for walks instead (which is a great form of light/moderate exercise I can handle).
Last weekend, though, I think I found the hobby that’s going to keep me in shape. I may have become obsessed with roller skating. I’ve been watching hours of videos, learning how to skate, being inspired by other skaters.
I was excited to go skating because I was sure I’d be good at it. I’d been ice skating 4 times before, and I spent over an hour doing research on how to roller skate before I went. The research sure paid off, I can tell you that!
After I went skating last Saturday, I was convinced that I could be great with more practice. I’ll be getting roller skates, all the protective gear, and I’ll be on my skates every day I can. I’ll be a great skater. You just watch!
So what’s something you can try that’ll get you up and active every day? It’s got to be something you enjoy. You’ll love having fun and keeping yourself healthy at the same time.
One to be creative
This one’s a little complicated for me. Again, I can’t call writing a hobby if I plan on writing professionally. Maybe I can, though, until I become a professional. But once I become one, I’ll need a hobby. What will it be?
Playing instruments isn’t creative for me, unless I’m writing songs or composing music myself. Usually, I just play the songs I like to play and sing. I hardly draw anymore, so that’s not really one of my hobbies anymore, either.
I don’t think reading books counts. Sure, it gives me ideas, but I don’t think it exercises my creative muscles nearly as much as I need. Gaming isn’t creative (unless I’m building houses in Sims 4, but, come on). Watching tv or anime isn’t creative. What is there for me to do?
I guess I have to keep looking for a creative hobby. I probably haven’t felt creative because I don’t have one. Creativity only grows the more you use it, so I’d better find a hobby soon. I’m in no rush, of course, but I’m open to trying new things. I’ll find my hobby at the right time. Maybe bullet journaling is my current creative hobby.
What’s your creative hobby? Are you into painting, woodworking, or pottery? Do you knit, sew, or design clothes? Is going out dancing on the weekend your thing? Are you a YouTuber or Twitch streamer? If you don’t have a creative hobby, go out and find one!
What are your three hobbies?
Now that we’ve looked at the three kinds of hobbies you need, how many of each do you have? You need at least one of each. If you don’t have these three, I encourage you to think about it for a moment. Figure out what you can do to get a new hobby that will help enrich your life. Feel free to share some of your hobbies in the comments!