HOBBY – [hob-ee] : an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.
I think we all know people who have had a tough time adjusting to retirement, and it seems to me that a lot of them have one thing in common. In their working life they seldom stepped back from their jobs to enjoy leisure activities. They always thought they’d get around to it after retiring, but they now find it difficult to relax and enjoy themselves — and they also have no established hobbies to fall back on.
Maybe I can give them some ideas because I certainly had my share of hobbies through the years. As a young man I found myself engrossed in activities as diverse as slot-car racing and collecting tropical fish, and I also dabbled in photography — not just taking pictures, but even working with vintage 3-D cameras. I also collected old daguerreotypes for a while.
But three different hobbies have stood the test of time with me, and have also ended up converging in a number of ways. Two of them — music and computer stuff — are combined in what you’re reading, the GMC. The third hobby is collecting antique writing instruments, and I’ve included some examples below.