Have you ever felt pressure to join an activity that you’re just not that into?
I know how hard it is to find something you love to do without being influenced by the opinions of others. Sometimes people are pushed to do things they don’t necessarily want to do just to please others. It can be extremely hard to make decisions solely based on what you want. My parents constantly encouraged me to pursue an activity involved with music, and of course, at a young age I followed my parents wishes. For me, my parents got me into playing the piano since I was eight years old and I liked it, but it didn’t make me happy. It felt more like a routine than a hobby. As I entered middle school, my parents enrolled me into jazz band which made them proud, but I still didn’t feel like it was for me. I knew that I wasn’t into band, but I was too afraid to disappoint my parents and waste all the money they had spent on practices.
It wasn’t until high school that I took a risk and joined something I’d always wanted to be a part of, the tennis team. I loved the competition and the rush of excitement I felt at every match! Eventually, my parents realized how much more I enjoyed playing tennis and they supported my decision to quit piano. I found an activity that I loved and made me happy!
It is important to find a hobby that you can turn to in times of stress. Activities are also known to help build self esteem, develop new relationships, and improve health. It is crucial to keep in mind that some hobbies might not be popular or might not make it on a college application, but it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be explored if there is an interest! Find something that you ENJOY doing!
Here are a couple websites that talk about the benefits of hobbies: