@selfiemonday Hobby, feeding the soul.
i've had the most trouble with THIS topic. Silly isn't it?
Finally after writing and discarding 3 different essays i think i have some clues why, discovered in that process.
Getting hung up on the definition of hobby---does it qualify if you have such a passion for it that you can't NOT do it? And leisure time is something i'm still having trouble allowing myself over 3 years into retirement. Part of why i meditate and practice mindfulness is they provide moments of stillness, reflection and just BEING. Because everything else i do whether it looks like work or fun to an outsider sort of weaves together, there's a lot of overlap in my various activities.
Chores lead to discovery of photo subjects, or poetry subjects. Sometimes writing leads to the realization of a 'better' more efficient way to handle some practical duty. Research, fact checking about a topic i'm discussing or blogging about sounds like work to some...but i get so much satisfaction out of finding answers it is pleasurable. And often the search leads to other areas of query...another 'rabbit hole'...but, for me fun and interesting.
i made a list of 4 pastimes then realized that if i approach this from the feeding my soul my angle it boils down to ONE thing:
MAKING various kinds --write and photograph almost daily; wake up once every few years with a collage demanding composition; often when I re-purpose something it’s to serve artistic expression.
APPRECIATING—reading, listening, looking, feeling…one of the things I LOVE about Ello is the abundance of all kinds of art and artists…from other writers and photographers to mosaics to digital art. This also covers my love of reading and film. Even tho i read more poetry and non-fiction than fiction i have a voracious appetite for LEARNING, for pondering how people and societies function...so non-fiction books and documentary films FEED that appetite and bring me much pleasure.
There's actually two very sound reasons for posting this photo of a rainbow i took last night. (You know i only occasionally post an actual selfie.)
1) i was letting the dogs out when i spotted it, the mundane in life often leads us to the beauty, to joy.
2) Those colors are THERE in all light all the time but certain conditions have to exist for our incarnate selves to SEE them. The light must be refracted for us to perceive it's various parts as separate colors. For me these selfie monday essays, like mindfulness when doing chores refracts my life helps me see the tightly woven strands of the tapestry as individual threads (YES i mixed my metaphor because it's appropriate---life is a rarely simply this or that despite our fondness seeing things as dyads---most of it's a continuum with subtlies in between the obvious opposing poles.