Building Community with Hobbies: Three Ways You Can Share Your Passions with Others Online
Everyone needs something to look forward to—something to help get through a long shift at work, or just a bad week in general. If your life is starting to feel like a drag, then maybe now is the time to find a new hobby.
Hobbies are a great way to inject some excitement into your life and can bring you a lot less stress and much more joy. On a deeper level, hobbies are really just our passions in action, and by doing the things we love we can find purpose and meaning and life.
In today’s world, many forms of hobbies have become a means to branch out and make connections with other people. In a way, this makes hobbies kind of like a form of therapy, which can help you work through internal problems such as anxiety, depression, or even addiction recovery. Thanks to the Internet, more and more people are finding it easier to share their passions with others. The feedback and community you receive when sharing what you love with others can be an invaluable and enriching experience. Here are three ways you can practice sharing your hobbies online.
1. Start a Discussion Group
Got a favorite book? Can’t stop thinking about a recent movie or series you saw TV? Well, you don’t have to keep all that excitement to yourself. In fact, the Internet is filled with people who are also dying to talk about the cliffhanger in the latest episode of your favorite series. All you need to do is find the right platform to host your discussion.
There are blogs, forums, and social media pages dedicated to dissecting and discussing various forms of pop-culture, movies, literature and art. You could even start your own blog dedicated for discussions of your favorite topics. Over time, you will meet and even befriend other people who share your interests and will be able to engage with the media you love on a whole new level.
2. Stream Your Workouts
The Internet is also useful for those who love exercise and being active. If your favorite hobby involves breaking a sweat, then you can find various courses in exercises such as Yoga or Pilates right at your fingertips. With a click you can either stream pre-recorded workouts, or even follow along with a live exercise routine. This makes it easy to stay fit without having to leave the comfort of your home, as well as meet others who share your enthusiasm for exercise.
3. Share Your Art Online
If painting, sculpting, or playing music is your passion, then you could absolutely benefit from sharing your work online with others. It can be a little nerve-wracking at first to share something you made, but you’ll find that there are plenty of communities for artists and musicians who love making, sharing, and commenting on people’s art. These fellow creative types are glad to comment and constructively critique your work. Through interacting with other people’s work, you can find styles that you admire and learn new techniques to increase your own artistic skill set.
Building community is an important part of finding self-worth and developing your identity. As DrugRehab.org explains, “One of the hardest parts of being in recovery is feeling like you’re alone, or feeling uncomfortable around others while you’re in a fragile emotional state. Having a hobby can help you set the tone of your social encounters as well as keep them short and sweet; make a date with a friend to go for a swim or head to a DIY pottery class together.” Through hobbies, you can begin to rebuild meaningful relationships with others and live a happier, more fulfilling life.
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Julie Morris is a life and career coach. She thrives on helping others live their best lives. It’s easy for her to relate to clients who feel run over by life because she’s been there. After years in a successful (but unfulfilling) career in finance, Julie busted out of the corner office that had become her prison. Today, she is fulfilled by helping busy professionals like her past self get the clarity they need in order to live inspired lives that fill more than just their bank accounts. When Julie isn’t working with clients, she enjoys writing and is currently working on her first book. She also loves spending time outdoors and getting lost in a good book. Visit her site at juliemorris.org