When my dear stepdaughter and her sweetheart, who are both in the toy soldier business and doing very well, were here we had some interesting conversations about what people do in their non-working lives.
Here is what they had to say:
There is a difference between a past time and a hobby. A past time, like listening to music, reading, or reading online, is enjoyable but isn't a hobby.
In fact they say that in their industry they talk about something called the "hobby gene" something some people have, and some don't.
The hobby gene has the following characteristics:
1. It involves commitment, of time, and active effort, that has nothing to do with pleasing anyone else or in financial reward. You just do it and do it a lot because you just have to.
2. It usually involves some element of collecting.
3. Someone in your life has passed this on to you (hence gene). You watched a relative, teacher, or friend do it and caught their enthusiasm. They also validated the idea of a hobby as a good use of your time.
4. If you have this gene chances are you have more than one interest, beside your passion. You may have sub hobbies
I found this all very interesting.
I definitely and obviously have this gene and just as definitely know people who don't.
As I look around Florida I see many old guys who are retired and sitting on balconies in lace up shoes, dark socks, and shorts staring gloomily across the street to the "New York Style Deli" signs. I can hear the voices of the kids in my head "If only dad had a hobby."
I would suggest the hobby gene has to be in your bones - you don't catch it when you retire.
So what about you? These are my questions:
Do you have the hobby gene?
What else, apart from sewing, do you do?
Who got you interested in your hobby?
Is collecting a big part of your hobby?
What is your story?