CLASSIFICATION OF HOBBIES 4
Theimportance of hobbies and interests cannot be gainsaid as far as thegrowth and development of human beings is concerned. Indeed, hobbiescontribute immensely to the social, emotional, psychological andphysical development of an individual irrespective of the age bracketwithin which he or she is. A hobby may be defined as any activity inwhich an individual engages on a regular basis in his or her leisuretime for relaxation and pleasure rather than as the fundamental ormain occupation. Indeed, the main distinguishing factor is the notionthat hobbies are undertaken as a way of relaxation and for pleasure.However, there are instances where individuals derive some financialgain from hobbies (Gelber,1999).Indeed, the primary importance of hobbies, beyond relaxation andpleasure, is supplementing one’s income in the long-term andshort-term. There are varied categories of hobbies that individualsmay pursue. On the same note, a large number of activities may beappropriate in multiple or varied categories.
First,there is the creative hobby category. This encompasses hobbies thatwould involve some element of creativity on the part of theindividual and may include hobbies such as creative arts, writingpoems, songs and short stories, or even acting in particular plays(Gelber,1999).More often than not, individuals engaging in this form of hobbieshave a high likelihood of turning them into both art and trade, aneven derive some money from the same.
Further,there is the category known as sports hobbies. This may encompass anyform of sport that an individual would engage in for his own pleasureincluding athletics and soccer. It is well acknowledged that athleteswho perform exemplarily in particular sports often turn it to careersalthough a large number of them only undertake it as recreationalhobbies. More often than not, a large number of people engage take upsports and engage in intergroup competition in an effort to perfecttheir performance in the same. They would then charge any audiencesthat would come to watch them perform the same.
Further,there is the category of hobbies that may be referred to asscience-based hobbies, which encompass a large number of sciencessuch as electronics, chemistry, biology or even. Of particular noteis the fact that a large number of individuals who engage in sciencebased hobbies always turn them into careers and profession (Gelber,1999).This is particularly in the case of electronics, where the innovationthat is involved in the participation of such hobbies makes itdifficult to create a distinction or draw a line between a hobby anda profession or a career.
Inconclusion, hobbies are a fundamental aspect of the life ofindividuals irrespective of the stage of their growth. Thisdevelopment and growth that is propagated by hobbies encompasses allspheres or aspects of an individual’s life. Of particular note isthe fact that a large number of hobbies have money-minting capacity,in which case people who love them often turn them into some form oftrade, and in some case full-time career. Different categories ofhobbies have been crafted including sports hobbies, science hobbiesor even creative arts hobbies among others(Gelber,1999).It is noteworthy that some hobbies may fall in multiple categories,in addition to being undertaken for pleasure and commercial or tradepurposes, whether in the long-term and short-term.
Gelber,S. M. (1999). Hobbies:Leisure and the culture of work in America.New York: Columbia University Press.