How to find a new passion by trying different hobby ideas

How to find a new passion by trying different hobby ideas

Now you’ve got a little more time on your hands, it’s time to fill your days doing what you love.

You’ll be pleased to know that recent research confirms the over-50s are more individualistic and less tribally driven than their younger counterparts. Contrary to being stuck in a rut, as we get a little older, we’re more likely to start a new business, travel, learn new things, spend time online and even more regularly participate in sport.

There’s always time to try something new

If you’re feeling pigeonholed by an invisible force that thinks it knows what makes you tick, tell it where to go! There’s never been a better time to do what you want, whether it’s to visit a country that’s long been on your wish list, to learn to ride a horse, play the saxophone or join an amateur dramatic society. Such activities give us the opportunity to enjoy new experiences, make new friends and expand our horizons. The idea that our cultural taste should atrophy gets my teeth gnashing. If finding new films, books and music to love is part of who you are, the switch doesn’t just magically turn itself off one day.

My tips for making your escape!

If you’re in a bit of a cultural slump, get your mojo moving.

Music Try switching radio stations. I particularly recommend BBC 6Music (digital or online) if you want to hear something new. Ask friends and family to send you Spotify playlists. Or read reviews on Amazon.

Books More and more independent bookshops are organising their own events. Go hear authors talk about their new work: meet like-minded people and enjoy a generous discount if you’re tempted to buy the book. Likewise, literary festivals are burgeoning. And big chains such as Waterstones and Foyles display staff recommendations on their shelves.

Film Scour local papers for film groups and repertory cinemas that screen classics and independent films. If you are a drama fan but live far from a theatre, look out for live screen events that simultaneously broadcast theatre/opera/ballet into cinemas worldwide.

Art Museums and galleries are wising up to the fact that curated talks are a winner. I’ve found it’s a fabulous way to learn more about an artist and also enjoy a less crowded visit to the exhibition, and often these talks are free.


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Nicole 17/04/2018

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If you love dogs, are at home a lot with time on your hands and you would love to have a dog for company now and again, why not become a host for Barking Mad? Everything is done for you. You tell your local franchisee the sort of dog you would like ( breed, size, age, how active you would like them to be ) and they will match a friendly family dog with you when the dog's owner goes on holiday. I love hosting, meeting all sorts of characters!

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