As we all sail through the ups and downs of life, there are things that influence us in many ways. For some, it could be a particular sports team or artist that makes them tick. But for others, their interests lie in hobbies or activities that not everyone can relate to.
I’m one of those people who have an undying Love for unconventional hobbies and interests. From collecting miniature figurines to extreme ironing, I have found solace and joy in pursuing these passions.
My journey towards this love started when I was a child. While my peers chased after toys and games popular at the time, my eye was drawn towards something else entirely: stamps! There wasn’t anything particularly fascinating about stamps; they were small rectangular squares with images on them from different parts of the world. Yet, I had a fascination that bordered on obsession when it came to collecting them.
As I grew up, my interests expanded beyond just stamps. It seemed like every year brought something new into my life- knitting scarves for stray animals during winters or attempting calligraphy with paints- all these unusual things made me stand out from other kids my age.
Many thought it was weird or strange to pursue such activities instead of indulging in mainstream hobbies like playing video games or hip-hop dance lessons. But for me, nothing felt more satisfying than engaging with something personal -something offbeat – which set me apart from others while bringing meaning into my life.
Years went by as I sampled different things until two years ago when l discovered ‘extreme ironing’. At first glance (and second), it sounded ridiculous! Who would willingly combine rock-climbing WITH ironing clothes?
After researching online (yes- turns out people actually do this!), fuelled by curiosity l decided to give it a shot – What did l know? Rock climbing turned out great fun AND well pressing oversize shirts kept me warm throughout.
It’s true what they say, “Love knows no boundaries,” and the same applies to my affection for unconventional hobbies. The higher the degree of oddness, eccentricity and unlikeliness, the deeper my fascination.
For anyone reading this, it may seem unusual to have such passions in life; however, I urge you not to judge us quickly. You can’t comprehend what drives another person without taking a walk in their shoes unless you try it yourself.
People are unique in their singular ways; some find joy in spending time on abstract art projects or reviewing every flavour of olive oil produced around the world – those who follow these journeys often think they’re pursuing something far more special than just a hobby – fulfilling personal inclinations that enrich our lives and make us feel alive!
In conclusion- Life is short. It’s essential we fill our minds with experiences which lead us towards happiness & achievement. As for me & other enthusiasts out there? This journey into finding purpose through unconventional interests is one no one should miss out on just because others might not understand our motivations!