Several times in my life I've completely burnt out of playing music. The most recent time was about a year after graduating from college. I was tired of going to bars, tired of playing the same songs over and over, and tired of playing music in general.
I quit the band I was in and sold all of my bass gear to buy a Fender Telecaster and an amp to go with it. I thought changing my instrument would be enough to bring the passion back. Unfortunately it wasn't and my Telecaster was largely unplayed.
I tried several synthesizers, a digital piano, busting out my old trumpet, and an acoustic guitar but they all ended up sold on Craigslist or sitting around collecting dust. I was also pretty depressed at this time in my life and I think that's why it felt like I would never enjoy playing music again.
I found other ways to occupy my time. I bought a fancy gaming computer and played a lot of Overwatch. I watched way too much TV and read some really good books. Eventually I lost interest in those things too. I hit a really low point with my depression but bounced back with the help of my wife. Things got better.
I happened to go into a Guitar Center while I was on vacation to look for something to try igniting my musical passions with. I happened to stop and play a bass guitar that had caught my eye.
This was the only love at first sight experience I've had in my life and it was amazing. I only played it for about ten minutes but I couldn't stop thinking about it for the rest of the day.
The next day I went back to Guitar Center and bought the bass along with an amp. That night I texted one of my old band mates and a few weeks later it was just like old times. I started playing the bass guitar everyday again which led to me playing the guitar everyday again which led to me recording myself playing again.
I won't be surprised if I burn out again in the future. I think it's a natural part of life for me. It's comforting to know that however bad it gets music will be there for me when I'm ready for it. That's why it's such a good hobby.
The only downside to the bass for me is that it's not as fun as other instruments to play by myself. I love playing it in a band but when I'm by myself I'll usually pick up the guitar instead.
Love this sport. Everybody, whatever their level, does the same thing : Fail and try to outdo themselves.
It's difficult to go run with someone better than you, or play football because of the skills gap. I found that with climbing whatever your shape you can have the same kind of fun.
I also love the combination of body shape, technique, and thinking (how can I pass this, what does the route want me to do?). And because everybody is trying its hardest, I like that it creates group interaction on trying to solve a problem.
Not something I am actively searching for, but a pattern I have found. Having climbed in 4 countries, this pattern seems pretty consistent across Europe, interestingly.
I'm trying to develop enough upper body strength to start bouldering. I have a pullup bar, but it's slow progress.
My primary hobby is working on life simulations and other personal projects. Other hobbies include:
* Taking care of my cats
* Growing plants
* Vermicomposting (this is a newfound hobby)
* Learning new things
* Reading (this is usually an "in-between" hobby - I do it when I have some time on public transport or before bed.
* Walking in nature when I can find time to do it, or just taking a walk through a nice part of the city.
My interest in each of these comes and goes so they tend to rotate. The constants are learning new things (which I do by working on fun life simulation projects) and my cats. I now have worms to take care of too, so vermicomposting has been high up there on the hobby priority list.
I have a (bad?) habit of spending all my energy learning as much as I can about a new topic until I get either bored or distracted, and move on to the next thing. Never fully learning one thing (jack of all trades, master of none).
Some examples in the last year: Etching circuit boards, woodworking, ZBrush, speaker design, reading Cyrillic, photography, Erlang.
As soon as I get hooked I go overboard. Like with film photography I have gone to the extent of buying like 3 different types of cameras,experimenting with as many film types as I can and looking at learning to develop the photos my self in the coming weeks.
From a psychology perspective (of which I don't know more than psych 101), it also could be about an "alpha-geek" hierarchy. This probably comes from a desire to be the smartest in the room on <<topic>> which often happens in geek circles, right?
Don't we often get into the "I started coding at 6", "I used a mainframe", etc. one-upping. Also known as establishing dominance.
So, I looked on Twitter, and found a post about a BJJ class near the office. I had my gym clothes with me, so I popped down for the class after work, and I've been going a few times a week for the past three years.
I can have a terrible day at work, and the second I step on the mat every worry I have tends to melt away, if only for an hour or two. It also gave me a great perspective of being "the newbie" again, something I had missed at work at times.
* concertina and harmonica. maybe i'll pickup the accordion one of these days.
* mountain biking when I have time to do a long drive out of town, maybe once a month? I bike around the city a lot.
* been really into Cities: Skylines lately. Learned a lot about city planning and it's a lot of fun. the modded radio soundtracks and dlc soundtracks help make it kind of relaxing to play
It's my low-tech break for the day. I keep one in my office for the occasional riff between builds.
If we're talking about an indoor hobby: Programming. My goal is to become a true IndieHacker. I'd love to make a career out of selling the services of my SaaS products.
If we're talking about what I also have to do: make sure wife is decently happy.
I've found that a lot of my hobbies are inextricably related to one another in some way, like a strange loop :)
Trying new ice cream flavors.
* riding a bicycle