As a hobbyist with too many hobbies, I am most often juggling several at one time. Nothing wrong with that as it keeps me from getting bored. I realize that I have not posted an update on my hobbies lately–mostly because I am not particularly satisfied with the results, partly because I am preoccupied with Christmas (and memories of Christmas’ past) and partly because having so many hobbies, work, obligations and a rather long commute, I haven’t completed that much.
|lots of kits to build|
I have managed to actually finish some things, and that means I have to look ahead. That’s the topic of this blog: What lies ahead? I am sure most hobbyists confront this question. Mostly, they are confined within one hobby, but I am sure they ask it. Train layout builders ponder if they should expand their layouts, or redo some part of it. Video gamers wonder which game they want to beat next. Puzzle makers consider which kit has the least amount of sky. Music makers are looking for the next beat. All of us are wondering what’s next.
What makes this question so difficult for me is that it has so many meanings. Which kit should I build next? Which Nanoblock kit should I buy and build next? Which train building needs to get done next? Which set of freight cars should I buy? What layout project should I tackle next? Which blog should I update next? Should I start a new blog? Which books should I get from the library? Should I start a new hobby like remote control helicopters? Should I get a pool table for my house? (The Hustler was on TV this weekend…. just so you understand how my mind works) Should I get my motorcycle or pilot’s licence? Should I join the gym? Wouldn’t it be cool to make my own beer? Baking seems like a good way to feed myself.
|lots of model railroad buildings to make|
Yes, not only do I wonder what is next in the hobby queue based on what I am doing (I finished one kit, what’s the next one?) but also on what new hobby I would like to take up. Is this wise? I can’t really say that it is, but that is just how things go. That’s what makes the question, what’s next? so difficult.
The other wrinkle in all this is preparation. I might want to do something, but that doesn’t mean I am ready to do it. I might pick a model kit, or building kit and find I don’t have the paint or that my glue has dried into a rock solid mass that will never dislodge itself from the bottle. There is nothing more of momentum killer than having to go out and get something.
|and a nanoblock project awaiting|
Sometimes a trip to the hobby store is good for getting oneself going again, but for someone like me, it just opens up too many avenues of exploration. Going to the hobby store for glue might mean the beginning of an entirely new hobby.
So, what’s next?