Hobbies are something we tend to neglect as we get older. Life catches up, the daily grind consumes us, and ruts are comfortable for sinking into. You need something fresh to keep you occupied and reviving an old hobby, or perhaps investing in a new one, is a great way to breathe some excitement back into your life!
Hobbies need not be complex, and you can start with something as simple as stamp collecting or bird watching. What you really need is something that aligns with your passions, something that requires time and skill to master so that the result of those efforts is all the more rewarding. Trading might work for someone who runs a business, say, or photography for someone who’s obsessed with their smartphone.
Just remember to find something that works for you. Here are some suggestions for you to start with:
The easiest one we’d recommend you start with is photography. Almost everyone has a smartphone and almost all smartphones today are capable of taking decent photos and video. If you’ve splurged a bit on your device, you likely have multiple useful cameras, including a macro mode.
How about you spend some time learning to use that camera, hey? Experiment with the app, or even third-party ones. Have you tried manual mode, experimented with time-lapses and long exposures, or even tried some of the fancy night video modes?
You’ll be surprised by how capable your phone is, and also by how rewarding you’ll find the shooting experience when you’re deliberately capturing stunning images rather than stumbling across them as you peruse your library.
Photography is an addictive hobby involving a great deal of creativity and not much upfront cost. Once you’re hooked, though, it won’t be long before you start thinking about pouring money into high-end camera gear, lights, tripods, and more.
Trading can be a surprisingly fun hobby as well, provided you indulge in it mindfully and with care.
A great way to start is with one of the many smartphone apps that flood the store, but you do need to take care to pick one that’s trustworthy. One we can recommend is Binomo (available on Android and iOS). Signing up is dead simple and it even gives you a demo account to start with so you can learn the ins and outs of trading without risking anything.
The app also gives you access to a tonne of tutorials on getting started, and you’ll find a well-populated blog with a tonne of useful info, tips and tricks, and more. Again, as long as you’re trading mindfully, and in a way that doesn’t jeopardise your financial situation, trading apps like Binomo will help you pick up not just a new skill, but eventually, a new source of income as well.Incidentally, Binomo’s running an iTrade contest where simply trading via their platform could win you an iPhone 13!
Baking isn’t like regular cooking; it’s a more technical art form that has more in common with chemistry than cooking. You need the right ingredients and in precise quantities. Temperatures need to be finely managed, yeast is finicky to produce, and hours of work can be ruined by a moment’s inattentiveness.
When you do master the skill, though, you’ll be rewarded with heavenly smells and yummy dishes that will be the envy of your neighbors.
If you’re a more technically minded person or someone who just wants to make like Walter White -- except that there’s no meth empire to worry about -- baking can be just the challenge you crave.