When I was younger, there were a lot of things I saw my parents doing that I never thought I’d be interested in. But I’m wrong. I know that now. But not just about what they do, but other things, as well.
That’s right, I’d like to have a garden. In fact, I’d love to try making both a vegetable garden and a Japanese garden. I love the look of a Japanese garden. I’ve grown to really enjoy aesthetics of buildings and landscapes, and I wish everything could look amazing or beautiful. But it’s not just an aesthetics thing, I also enjoy biology, and want to know more about botany.
There was an article written about this guy that I saw on Facebook that led to a Facebook page called Daddy Daughter Hair Factory. Never in a million years did I ever think I would actually want to learn how to do a girl’s hair. Now that I have a daughter, I’ve noticed that it’s not that uncommon for fathers to do this. It’s got me interested. They even have a blog.
There are still things I can’t see myself doing, including doing any kind of musical activity or dancing. But if my daughter wants to do them, and she seems to really love singing and dancing, I will have no problems at all taking her to lessons.
What interests or hobbies did you develop later in life that you never thought you’d do?
Over the years, I’ve gained new hobbies while old ones faded away. Some have stuck with me for a very long time. I still love playing computer games, watching cartoons, and although I haven’t done it in a long time, I’m still interested in model airplanes and cars. But there are some hobbies I never thought I’d get into.
About six years ago, when I started getting serious about photography, I also developed a liking for long distance walking. The longest I’ve walked is thirty-five kilometres in one day, and I usually walk around fifteen these days. I was never interested in that kind of exercise before, but I find I can relax mentally when I do it.
The next two I haven’t started, but I can see myself doing in the near future. Ten years ago, I’d have thought is never do them. The first is wine tasting. I’ve developed an interest in tasting wine, but I don’t think it’ll be serious. When I was younger, I didn’t like wine for some reason. Probably just drank the wrong wine.
The other is gardening. This kind of runs in my family, so maybe it was inevitable. I’d like to grow some vegetables and flowers, but is like to make and take care of a Japanese style garden. They would be quite the task, but I think I’d start small just to make sure I enjoy it.
Are there any hobbies you started that you would never have thought you’d do when you were younger?
Reading and writing seem like such inactive activities. Just sitting and reading or writing. But do any of you like to do sports?
These days, I enjoy hiking and walking long distance. I’ve walked 35 km in one day once, and many times between 10 and 15 km. That’s actually pretty normal for me now.
In the past, I’ve done a variety of sports. From 8 to 12 years old, I played hockey. My first year was as defence, while the other three years were at right wing. Around the end of elementary school, I started playing golf and skiing, as well. In grade nine, I joined the ski club at junior high school. I played a bit of volleyball, as well. But going into high school, I continued golfing, then mostly went on a break from pretty much any sport in university and after.
As for watching, I still enjoy watching hockey. I’m excited about Edmonton’s new arena downtown, and I’m looking forward to seeing the Edmonton Oilers play there starting next year. I also like watching the Olympics when I can. But while living in Japan, I developed a liking for sumo. I haven’t watched recently, but I followed many of the rikishi.
So how about you? Do you do or watch any sports?
Is there something that you like but most people don’t? It could be food, sports, weather, and so on.
I like eating Marmite, snakes, thunderstorms, and earthquakes. That’s right, I like the feeling of earthquakes. But I love thunderstorms.
How about you? What do you like that most people don’t like?
This was just too good to pass up, so I need to draw your attention to this blog post. I think it’s a very important part of writing that your characters have hobbies. They need to be realistic and have something to do in their free time. Check out Jodie Llewellyn’s original post and comment there.