Who has time for hobbies?

I really shouldn’t be complaining because some of my fellow bloggers are parents and have the extra responsibility of raising a family let alone trying to maintain a full-time job. But, I still have my days where I wonder how I can fit anything else in.

I get up at 5:30; out the door by 6:30; in the office by 7:30; work; work; work; gym; back in the car at 6:30; home at 7:30; eat; go to sleep; rinse; repeat. While I’m a creature of habit, quite frankly it’s depressing when your days become so predictable.

There’s always the thought that maybe one day I’ll find a career I’m passionate about and that “work, work, work” part of my day won’t feel like such a drain. That inspiration might not hit for some time though.

I found myself at a bit of a crux over the holiday weekend feeling the need to pick up some kind of a hobby—something outside of the day-to-day that engages parts of my brain left atrophied by thousands of hours sitting in front of a computer.

I’ve always had a penchant for music. In 1st grade, I played in a violin concert. In my heyday of college, I was a DJ on the local radio station playing Motown. In more recent years, you can sometimes find me at The Mint in SF belting out Tina Turner’s Proud Mary. So I figure I must have some musical talent.

Sarcasm aside, I decided I wanted to pick up an instrument as a potential hobby to try and vary my daily routine. With my loving and supportive husband in tow, I bought an instrument over the holiday weekend. I’m now the proud owner of a white on white Fender Stratocaster. Admit it, I look like a natural.

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I’m only a few days in and I’ve already learned a lot. For example, learning to play the guitar without any prior knowledge or know-how is hard. On the plus side, the hour or so of my day when I’m sitting there strumming the two chords I’ve learned, my brain can actually disengage from work. It’s amazing. I’m hoping I can stick with this because I think this hobby—or any hobby for that matter—is going to be extremely therapeutic. In the near future, I hope to follow up with a blog about my first gig. . .or potentially a listing on Craigslist for a used guitar.

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