If you’re not a first-time reader of my blog, you’ll know by now that yes, I am a person with quite a lot of interests and passions from travelling to scrapbooking, digital marketing, singing and more! (If you are a new reader well, hello and welcome! You can know a little more about me here).
I can’t even imagine living my life without my hobbies!
But well, as my mother always thought me “the world is beautiful because it’s diverse.”
Not all of us have hobbies (and, don’t get me wrong, that’s totally okay!) and maybe because of this, people who do not have one don’t conceive how it feels having a passion. Some of them are even 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 (and yes, I’ve really heard this from more than one person).
Last but not least, one of my uni teachers 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.
When I hear this thing I honestly become so upset and angry. Not for me personally. I’m proud of my passions and I consider them a very important part of my life.
I’m upset and sorry for those people who after hearing these negative thoughts about having a passion, give up on it because “maybe yes, it’s just a waste of time”.
Well hey you, yes, you who are reading this post, If you can relate to this thought or if you’re actually one of the people mentioned above, please consider reading this 3 reasons why pursuing a passion is an amazing advantage:
1 | YOU DEVELOP PRECIOUS BILATERAL SKILLSBy having other interests besides your job/study you can actually develop different skills Click To Tweet
For example, by overcoming my stage fright when singing, I now have no problems during presentations I often had to do at uni and now at work. Blogging as well has been a secret weapon that enabled me to get my first full-time job.
2 | YOU CONNECT WITH INSPIRING AND PASSIONATE PEOPLEYour hobby/passion can be a great tool to connect with new people who can inspire you Click To Tweet
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 of a support. I am so grateful to be part of this world and to have connected (and some of them met as well) with amazing people, all with different backgrounds but united by same ways of thinking!
3 | YOU CREATE YOUR “SWITCH OFF” MOMENT & GET NEW MOTIVATIONHaving a hobby/passion is a great way for de-stressing and getting new motivation! Click To Tweet
How many of us have super stressful and busy moments where maybe because of tiredness or too much work we lack motivation?
In cases like these, finding time for yourself and doing what you like the most is the best cure! For instance, for me, these “switch off” moments are 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, it helps me free my mind for a while and the curiosity of seeking something new prevails on everything else.
I really hope this short list convinced all those who are giving up on their passions or just let them apart to actually keeping them as an amazing part of their lives!
What about you? Which are your passions and do you think they have secondary benefits as well? I’d love to hear from you!