Without some excitement every now and then, life can easily become a drudgery. Anything that shakes up a monotonous routine for the better should be embraced, and the best way to bring about excitement is by taking up a hobby. Luckily, for people in their 30s, there are plenty of great possibilities out there for the taking. Here are just a few of them.
By the time you reach your 30s, ideally you should be much more financially secure than in the previous decade. You’re well out of college and well into your career. Why not use some of that money to travel? It doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive trip. Maybe a low-cost road trip with some friends? Or how about a drive up into the mountains or the nearest national park? For those with a little extra cash, you can always visit some places on your bucket list, like a foreign country.
For those who have a more artistic personality, photography may be the way to go. It may cost a little more to get started since the best equipment definitely doesn’t come cheap, but once you’re up and running, those stunning pictures will be worth it. And if you really have a knack for it, you can possibly use your talent to earn a little extra money on the side.
You may not be as physically active as you once were, but you don’t have to stay that way. Take up exercising to get yourself up and moving. Not only will this hobby help you look better, you’ll feel better as well. Your exercise routine can be simple, like taking around the neighborhood, or you can look for help from outside sources. I personally look to NuSkin’s Facebook page for inspiration.
4. Read a Book
Everyone has that list of books they’ve always been meaning to read but have simply never gotten around to. Well, now’s the time to do it. Pick up some of those latest bestsellers everyone has been talking about, or go read those classic novels that you’ve always wanted to check out.
5. Eliminate a Bad Habit
Instead of taking up a good habit, why not try to kick a bad one? If you have a smoking problem, work to get rid of it right now. If you’ve always considered yourself disorganized, try putting some order into your life. Have unhealthy eating habits? Work now to eat a balanced diet (avoid these 4 diet mistakes).
6. Play an Instrument
If you already know how to play an instrument, you can always try to get better at it. Set aside some time each day to practice. If you don’t know how to play something, find an instrument you’ve always wanted to try out and give it a shot. It might take a while, but eventually you’ll get the hang of it.
7. Grow Food
Yes, you’re not a farmer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow some of your own food. Even if you don’t have a big yard, you can still grows herbs and certain roots like radishes in your home. If you have a small garden, you can try your hand at growing peppers or tomatoes. This hobby will keep you busy and provide something delicious in the process.
Instead of thinking about yourself, find time to help out others. You can work to make your community a better place, or make a difference in the life of an individual. Whatever you choose, sacrificing your time and effort to help others benefits everyone involved.
9. Visit Family
As life goes on, it’s easy to grow more distant with your family. Take the time to visit family members on a regular basis. Stay close to your siblings and spend time with your parents. A little quality time here and there will help foster these very special relationships.
Whatever you decide, you should choose to make the most of your free time. Life slips by all too quickly, so take up some worthwhile hobbies that you’ll appreciate years down the line.
Paisley Hansen is a health and fitness writer who spends her free time at the gym or reading a good book.
Becky G says
Yes – great list! We are working to make more time to visit family. Life speeds by so quickly.
Paisley Hansen says
It really goes so fast. It’s so important to stay focused on real priorities
Beth Graves says
Great list!! I just lost my mom a couple of years and I don’t regret any of the time I spent with her, I just regret the times I didn’t spend with her!!
Cassidy Watkins says
I love visiting family, volunteering and cooking . But other than cleaning at. home I’m bored.