If you’re not a first-time reader of my blog, you’ll know by know that yes, I am a person with quite a lot of interests and passions. [If you are a new reader well, hello and welcome! You can know a little more about me here 🙂 ]
I have encountered many people who are convinced that having a hobby or diverse interests could not be good, “in the end, they are all distractions to more important stuff” they say, or on the other hand, there are people who do not really have a hobby and because of this they don’t really understand how it feels having one. Last but not least, one of my uni teachers who conducted a survey to prove that people who are involved in extra-curricular activities have lower grades than people who are totally focused into uni.
Well, as my mother always thought me “The world is beautiful because it’s diverse.”
But you, you who you’re reading this and you can relate to this words or you are actually one of the people mentioned above, please consider reading this little list of points I wrote down about why having a passion can be a great advantage for yourself:
- By having other interests besides your job/study you can actually develop different skills that you’ll find useful applying in other fields as well. For example, by overcoming my stage fright when singing (if you want to know about it click here 😉 ) I now have no problems during presentations I often have to do at uni, both if it is just in front of my teacher or a bigger audience.
- Your hobby/passion can be a great tool to connect with new people who might be inspiring and at the same time advantageous to discover new things. An example can be blogging, when I started blogging I would have never thought that the bloggers’ community would have been so big and such a support. I am so grateful to be part of this world and to connected (and some of them met as well) with amazing people all with different backgrounds but united by same ways of thinking!
- It’s a great way of de-stressing and getting new motivation! How many of us have super stressful and busy moments where maybe because of tiredness or too much work we also lack of motivation? Well, I believe that in these cases finding time for yourself and doing what you like the most is the best cure! For me is singing or travelling, when I sing I totally disconnect from what’s going on in my life and I just concentrate on enjoying the moment. Same with travelling, even by just exploring a new neighbourhood of London, helps me free my mind for a while and the curiosity of seeking something new prevails on everything else.
What about you? Which are your passions and do you think they have secondary benefits as well? I’d love to hear from you!