Short Essay on Hobbies

An activity in which we take an interest outside our regular work becomes a hobby. Some students make drawing or painting a hobby, for others collection of stamps or gardening. Shell collecting on the beach is the hobby of some children. Properly, a hobby is any interesting subject or pursuit, not our main business, which we take up for our amusement in our leisure hours. What is a business to one man may be a hobby to another. For example, a professional photographer may have gardening as his hobby; and a paid gardener may make a hobby of photography.

There are very many kinds of hobbies. Many take the form of collecting in some forms. Collecting postage stamps is a common hobby. Others take an interest in geology, and find much amusement in collecting fossils. Such hobbies do not cost much, and are within the reach of all. But others, such as collecting pictures, old books, curiosities and antiquities are only for the rich.

Other hobbies take the form of games and sports. Many take up open-air games, like golf, tennis, cricket or football, or indoor games such as chess, draughts and cards, as their hobbies. While hunting, or fishing, or yachting are the favorite recreations of others.

Photography makes an interesting and instructive hobby; and for those who have the gift, sketching and painting and wood-carving. The latter hobbies require special artistic gifts; but almost anyone can learn carpentry and picture-framing.

Many people find great pleasure and interest in gardening: especially in cultivating some special flowers, like roses. And boys especially like keeping pets, such as rabbits and fowls.

Hobby benefits individuals. For example, a person who collects stamps of various countries of the world takes a special interest in the study of the subject of the stamp as well as the country where it is used. He may spend a lot of money to buy rare stamps for his album and take a great pride in owning them. Hobby also teaches a person the value of things or activity he is interested in.

As for me I have had a few hobbies at different stages in my life. My earliest hobby was stamp collecting. Then it was keeping pets. I had two pet dogs and a parrot. Presently my hobby I gardening. I plant flowers and vegetables in my house compound and water them every day. I nurse the plants by weeding or putting manures at times. Very often I sell my flowers to florists and get a small income.

Every one, young and old, should have a hobby of some sort for his leisure hours; for it adds greatly to the pleasure of life. It is often and education in itself, and it fills our vacant hours with interest. It gives us, also, something to fall back on when our business days are over, in the leisure times at the end of life. It is wiser to engage oneself in any hobby then to idle away one’s precious time.