I taught myself to knit a few years back. I decided I wanted to learn, bought a bunch of supplies, and watched YouTube videos until I could knit a scarf. I knitted that scarf, and promptly put down my needles and never picked them up again. Occasionally, I remember that: “Hey! I can knit!” and that’s pretty much the end of that.
I’ve always been one to have a lot of things going on at once. Even when I was little, I cheered, I sang, I wrote stories, I was in the theater. I tend to have a large variety of interests and as such, I’ve found that I can flit from thing to thing without really delving deeply into any one particular topic. I just get so bored! Or, sometimes, I get so excited! It really all depends, but really the end result is that I know a little bit about a lot of topics. VERY little in a lot of cases, haha. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to worry that I’m stunting myself or not achieving what I could be in any single area.
Becuase I recently quit my day job, my schedule is a lot more flexible than it had been previously. I’ll be starting a new day job soon, but for now, I’m enjoying the open time. I don’t want this time to lead me to laziness, however. I thoroughly think idle time is wasted time.
In that vein, without a traditional 9-5 job, I have been able to dedicate a lot more time to what had previously been more of what you might call passion side projects, the things I really want to do in the first place. But of course, as I’m human, the temptation to just play video games or do random stuff is strong. I’ve been trying to stick to the stuff I already have in process, and I’m trying to force myself to utilize this period of time while I have it, in the hopes that I can generate a path for myself OUTSIDE of the 9-5. Eventually. Someday.
Anytime I find myself not doing anything, I pick up my list and see what I could be doing, so it seems like I have even less sit down time than I used to. But it’s SO NICE! Auditions that I would previously have to pass on because I couldn’t take time off? Done. Staying up until 4 am so that I can finish grad work and do research for a writing assignment? Check. I’m traveling more, working on my photography more, working on my novel and my portfolio.
I FINALLY HAVE SOME FILM FOR MY DEMO REEL. (OMG)
Don’t get me wrong though…I also went to the beach.
Self-care is important, too!
What are your “passion projects”? Or do you just have to relax when you’d got time?