2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity
by Amy Lignor
Origami. Memory albums. Quilting. What do these have in common? Well, at one point or another in time, they have represented the “hottest” hobbies in the United States. Taking up hobbies are not only a fun thing to do for the “artistic/creative” type, but they also help to reduce stress. Even the AMA has cited the fact that taking up a hobby can produce a calming environment that helps the heart and engages the mind. People who immerse themselves in a hobby that’s fun for them can ease the negative effects that daily stress puts on the shoulders of everyone.
So, what are the hobbies that people are being ‘drawn’ to in 2017? Well, the first actually comes from the world of painting. Watercolors are a whole lot of fun. No, you do not have to be a “master” to have a good time. This is not a stressful art; in fact, there are a great number of people who are looking up various pics on Google and illustrations on Instagram and creating these in watercolors in their very own ‘studio’ at home. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish by simply looking at the numerous free tutorials available on YouTube. You may even get so into the hobby that you end up moving forward with art classes, and the supplies to begin will not take a bite out of your budget.
There is always a hobby/art located in the world of sewing that springs up from time to time to engage the mind. 2017 looks to be the year for bringing back embroidery. This is an art that allows people on a very limited budget to purchase the supplies and make pieces that are truly beautiful. If you have ever had the pleasure of watching “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS, you can see how far back embroidery was established and utilized in this country to make true pieces of Americana that have lasted a good, long time. By taking up this hobby, there may just be a few out there who not only find they are excellent at the craft, but also produce works that become a part of history.
One very popular art form that has come back into the world is handwriting. In a time period where computers have taken over and schools are actually (if they haven’t all done so already) taking penmanship out of the curriculum, it is wonderful to see people taking up everything from hand-lettering to calligraphy. Now, computers do come in handy for this hobby because thousands of tutorials can be found all over the Internet that allow people to really learn and gain this amazing artistic talent. And when it comes to supplies, stationery stores, Hobby Lobby, even Walmart can supply the future calligraphy artist with everything they need. Handwriting is necessary, and the world needs those future scribes.
Some out there may want to delve into a more industrial/physical hobby. Not a problem, because there are many coming back that have been gone far too long. One is blacksmithing. Woodworking is a special talent and with blacksmithing all you have to add on is a fire/furnace, an anvil, and exchange the wood for some steel to make a piece that has the entire neighborhood talking.
Yet another hobby that has actually turned into a business for many and has allowed them to bring in the cash, comes in the form of brewing beer. Not only is the trial and error a whole lot of fun, but it’s also a real thrill when you can create a new beer and share it with your friends. For anyone who wishes to begin, the American Homebrewer’s Association at homebrewersassociation.org is a great place to start. Who knows? Maybe you will be the one to come up with the “perfect” brew that people really enjoy.
One hobby that comes and goes is photography. Now, with all the cool digital equipment on the market, this is a slightly more expensive hobby to take up, but also extremely relaxing. Snapping those spectacular photos calms the mind and sets people in various environments that offer up serenity – like heading out on a hike and ending up at the perfect waterfall to catch on film.
Speaking of waterfalls…one very big hobby that is appearing this year from coast to coast comes in the form of fly fishing.
Going up into those woods, or finding that perfect, calm lake or stream armed with just the rod, a line, a fly and a whole lot of patience – fly fishing is all about peace and harmony with nature. Landing the best trout that has ever been seen is also an added extra bonus if the day goes really well.
So if you’re wishing to graduate and move on from those adult coloring books, or looking for a hobby that appeals to your sense of fun and tranquility, start researching now. In 2017, there is a whole buffet of hobbies to choose from.
Source: Rocky Mountain Weekly