Hobbies are one way of exploring and discovering our God gifted talents and helping ourselves in choosing the right career path for our future life. Generally we choose our hobbies at a young age and as our mental and physical qualities develop, our hobbies often change. However, at a certain age, we do end up discovering the hobby that suits us best.
Now apart from pursuing personal hobbies, many choose to be part of hobby groups, which translates to an enriching experience. Emotionally, one develops a sense of belongingness with other members of the hobby group. The bond is never superficial as a hobby group is an opportunity to mingle with likeminded people (having similar interests).
A hobby group gives an individual a chance to discover his/her innate potential and aptitude in terms of the leisure activity.A hobby group can be any group like a music club, a dance association, a theatre group, a sports association, a gardening club and so on and so forth. Through interactions and exchange of views and perspectives, people who are part of a hobby group invariably end up becoming more knowledgeable about the specific activity that they have chosen as a hobby.
"If a person wants to pursue a professional career in the hobby of his/her liking it is actually beneficial to join a hobby group," says Sakshi Khattar, a career counselor based in Gurgaon. "For a hobby group gives an individual a chance to discover his/her innate potential and aptitude in terms of the leisure activity. Simply put the person can gauge for himself/herself whether it is worthwhile to actually pursue a career in the line of the hobby. One should always remember that hobbies are a mode to enjoy and de-stress oneself and not all hobbies have the potential to culminate into full fledged careers," explains Khattar.
Maintaining a hobby is essential at various levels and hence parents and teachers must encourage children to discover their interests and pursue them consistently as a leisure activity or hobby. Hobby groups can boost our social and moral values. "People who are part of hobby groups are generally confident when it comes to socially interacting with people and meeting new people," observes Khattar.