posted on Feb, 8 2016 @ 01:42 AM
Wondering what you all do when you're not here. Perhaps something will pique my interest and I can find a new hobby!
I guess I'll share some of mine to kick it off. Pretty lame and mundane.
-Hiking/walking. I really like getting out with my dog and either going for a hike, or just walking around the neighborhood. The more I walk, the
better I feel. I thought that was a bunch of BS when I started, but it's really had a positive impact on my life. Even just walking around the
neighborhood, I feel awesome afterwards, have more energy and notice all these little things I don't when I drive. Being out in the woods feels so
right, I used to backpack and it reminds me of really good times with my Dad.
-Shooting. I don't go as often as I used to, but I really love going to the gun range and blasting away for an hour. It's strangely cathartic, I
get a little zen.
-Working on the house/gardening. Adding value to the property, learning new skills, making my environment more comfortable! It's so easy to make
drastic changes to your living area now with YouTube. Slap in some paint and crown molding, rip out some drywall, transform your place. It's
incredibly satisfying to update the house, and getting compliments from the neighbors on how much the yard has improved since I've been here is a
wonderful feeling. Most of my neighbors are rather old and have lived here for 30+ years, so having them come over just to say "You've been doing
an amazing job." is a huge compliment.
-Jiu jitsu. I started this awhile ago after being away from martial arts for a long time. It's a real confidence booster, it's awesome for
networking and it is a very thorough workout. 30 minutes calisthenics, 1 hour learning new moves, 1 hour free rolling a few times a week and you'll
notice some pretty drastic changes. If you're willingly going and getting your ass kicked, rolling around all sweaty with another person that's all
sweaty, and dealing with being severely uncomfortable for a few hours weekly, pretty much all other social interactions seem easier, less
-Reading. I've always been a big reader. I think my parents kicked this off. They read to me for at least an hour every night, and I was always
being handed books when I was a kid. I love it, I get super into books, feels like I'm actually in them. I bail on one every once in awhile if I
just can't stand the writing. I can't sleep without reading for an hour or two.
-Photography. My lady friend and her family got me into this. Love it. I don't have the same natural eye for it that some people do, but I'm
getting better. I love being able to capture a moment, and sometimes I can capture a feeling. Like when the sun is going down and the trees get that
certain gorgeous golden hue. There's an insane amount to learn, and the sort of meld of artistic and nerdy appeals to me. Also a great excuse for
some mini road trips. Some of my favorites are derelict buildings surrounded by nothing.
-Exercising. I built myself a little home gym awhile back in a spare bedroom that wasn't being used for anything. Got an exercise bike, slapped a
flatscreen on the wall, got a rack for free weights and a workout bench, popped in a chin up bar, speed bag, dip thing that I use for suspended leg
raises. Rejoined the gym when I decided I wanted to start doing SL 5x5 and realized I don't have enough room for a power rack. Feels good man.
-Cooking. I'm trying to drop about 25 pounds of complacency/alcohol. You can't outrun/exercise your fork/cup. I was into cooking for awhile,
kinda quit doing anything interesting and now am back into it but with a healthier twist. I've been pretty lucky, I was ordering out at least 3
times a week and just mowing through pizzas, Chinese food and Gyros for over a year and probably should weigh a substantial amount more. Now I'm
spending some time making delicious and healthy meals (soooooooooo much cheaper). I'm looking forward to cobbling together a vegetable garden and
cooking what I grow. I'm all about the broccoli and chicken, but I'm mixing it up. You cook asparagus right and it's better than french fries.
-Working on the cars. I've always been wrench happy. I don't get a ton of opportunity to work on the newer car (I think she's about 3), but I
have a lot to do to my old Jeep. I have this idea of the perfect camping rig.
-I doubt this really counts, but I really dig going with the lady friend to thrift shops and antique stores that are really out of the way. So take a
day and cruise out and ransack these places. The more run down the better. Fits with the photography, and also the cooking. Love farmer's markets
and you find the best ones when you're further away from the city and closer to amazing photo opportunities.
-Fishing. I've got a little lake that's a quick jaunt from my house (I should just walk there). I don't catch much out of it, but that's not the
point. It's like gambling and meditation at the same time. There are a few places I drive up to on occasion. Rent a boat, spend enough time to
turn into a lobster, throw back pretty much everything.
There are a few more, but I'd love to hear about yours.