The hustle is something that we constantly touch on and like to emphasise in our modern lives, it seems as though we start a hobby nowadays so that we can eventually profit off it and turn it into our business, become the ultimate GIRL BOSS and say we do what we love for our jobs every day; but has this mindset negatively affected our relationship with our hobbies? Do we even have a hobby anymore?
This is not an original thought at all – I actually only started thinking about this because people on Twitter kept mentioning it, but I realised the truth in the fact, every hobby that I’ve developed over the last few years: I’ve tried to profit off each of them.
Even down to my blog, and even though normally the intention of starting a blog is to eventually make money, that wasn’t always the case for me, cause as you probably know by now if you’ve been reading my blog for long enough: I didn’t even know that you could make money from blogging until I started doing so.
There’s a few reasons why I think we all do this now though, I think it partly plays on the fact that we all know that minimum wage jobs aren’t sustainable enough for us to live and live; this means that we’ve stopped enjoying things just because and there’s always an ulterior motive or eventually, an ulterior motive is presented to us and seems good enough to try and make money; someone always suggests that we should start selling our service and we consider it, try it and it either fails or succeeds.
Even though I don’t think that wanting to become self-made is a bad thing, I do think that we’re eliminating the simple joys in life by trying to make a profit off of everything, I think that we need to develop hobbies and cherish them more instead of forcing ourselves to try and become business-people.
I wanted to practice what I’m preaching though so I set my sights on picking up a new hobby – there’s a lot of things that I’m interested in so it was just a matter of picking something.
So I’ve taken to Photoshop, as you can probably tell if you’ve been following my Instagram lately, of course my Photography is my own side hustle but I don’t really go into making anything. I’ve been learning how to create settings without going out (thanks ‘rona), and I’ve taught myself a lot of new tricks thanks to YouTube tutorials and trial and error; it’s a lot of fun and not something that I can offer my services on, or at least I don’t feel like it because I want to keep the fun in Photoshop rather than eliminate it straight away.
It’s also freeing to just do something because I feel like it, to be able to spend an hour in the application on my laptop and not feel stressed, if I make something and I’m not pleased with it, nobody has to see! If I make something and I love it, well it’ll probably end up on my Instagram too, but again: it’s stress free. There’s no selling anything or making any promises and it’s a fun pass time, which is what I think we’ve been missing out on for the longest time, I feel like we’ve become too accustomed to the hustle and the fun in everything has left the building. I feel like if we enjoy something, it doesn’t always have to become our job.