When I illustrate, I couldn’t be more in the moment.
My concentration centres around my subject matter, my hands scribbling away furiously.
I’m not flipping through Facebook, doing the eternal Insta scroll or staring at a screen for hours on end.
I’m doing something productive; I’m CREATING.
Focusing in the right here, right now is a form of MEDITATION.
Hobbies promote FLOW.
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go.
Even if you’re a social media manager or a developer or a content creator or need to check your work emails around the clock, it’s still (if not MORE) important to have an offline hobby you can lose yourself in, even if its just for a few minutes every day.
Think of it as the human version of putting a sodden iPhone in rice.
What’s your rice equivalent? Is it…
Other arty endeavours like pottery or jewellery making or calligraphy.
Playing a musical instrument? Singing, perhaps in a choir?
Yoga, Pilates, swimming? Team sports like football or netball? Badminton?
Dancing – be it do-si-do or zumba or WHATEVER?
Photography (on real actual film)?
Reading (real life actual books)?
Writing – letters, books, poems, songs?
Pressing flowers, stamp collecting?
Bird watching, bee-keeping?
Note: Instagram is NOT a hobby. Not where this is concerned, anyway.
Similarly, don’t be secretly quite pleased with yourself if you’re ‘too busy” to have something as frivolous as a hobby. You’re probably the person who needs one the most, tbh.