Picking Up New Hobbies After Kids
Becoming a parent comes with its own little Pandora’s box. While we’d like to maintain our own self-identity and simply enhance our individual profile by saying “ok, the only difference now is that I’m responsible for another human being”; truth is, it may not always be that simple. As an example, let’s say I happen to enjoy axe-throwing as a hobby. Given the nature of this activity and the components involved, it’s likely not something I can do with the kiddos or continue to dedicate as much time to without also sacrificing time at home.
For me specifically, my most inner-passion and love for musical instruments is the drums. We were able to initially accommodate this passion by purchasing an electric set which shouldn’t be as noisy or bulky as the real thing. Still, there were certain aspects of this hobby that still proved less than ideal given our living space. There was also the fact that there’d be no easy way to keep the kids from trashing it, loosening screws randomly, disconnecting wires, etc. It also didn’t make sense to keep the drum set boxed up in our attic accumulating dust or worse, completely forgetting it’s even up there. Moreover, we simply had nowhere else to set it up for me to keep jamming. So skipping ahead to the end of that chapter, home-life with kids won out on that battle. The drum set was sold, Neva moved into what was my office and music room, and that was that. Alas, I’ll live to drum another day…
Now, while playing the drums isn’t nearly as hazardous to kids as axe-throwing would be, I had to explore other interests that could “play nice” with the current version of myself. While there’s been other things here and there that I dabble in (i.e. golf, guitar, piano, now blogging), the biggest win came in the form of a 2-wheel chariot. Enter BumbleBee, a 2015 Royal Enfield Continental GT motorcycle. This has been a great outlet for me for the simple fact that it not only provides a new hobby (tinkering and riding) and toy; but, it also serves as a mode of transportation to and from work. It has also helped me gain new appreciation for the brief nice weather months in Chicago. Plus, it gets me out of the house. If that’s not a win-win, I don’t know what is.
I was lucky to pick up a new hobby that both fulfills my inner teenage boy itch for tooling around with machines and at the same time serves the grown-up purpose of getting me from point A to point B.