Way back in April 2020, I signed up for a drawing class over Zoom on a whim. I was bored and home all the time, and hobbies I had previously enjoyed (meeting friends, going out to eat, gaming in person, theater), were suddenly off the table. That class was one of the better decisions I have made! It was all about drawing hands, which are not easy to draw.
I was pleasantly surprised my drawings did not look like they were done by a toddler, and continued with the class. Then I took a watercolor class. Then I took another drawing class. And I have not stopped taking art classes and now it is just over two years later and I decided to try to draw a hand once again.
Seeing obvious improvement makes me feel so satisfied! I am so excited for whatever comes next!
Like many others, I decided to try my hand at some new hobbies in 2020. I was always under the impression that I had no time for hobbies, but this year seems to have altered my perception of time and now I have a ton more hobbies.
In the spring, I started gardening and bird watching. In the winter, I am obviously not doing much gardening, but I have plans for next spring. I also started drawing, after wanting to do it all my life but convincing myself I would be no good at it so why even try. Now, I draw very often, and it become very therapeutic for me. (And if you like my drawings, feel free to follow me on Instagram @donna_photo_phylactery) However, I haven’t drawn much in the last month, as I was inspired to finish the first draft of a book I started a long time ago! This is very exciting but I still have a good month of editing, so I won’t talk about it that much.
These new hobbies got me to thinking about other stuff I have always wanted to try but put off until “later.” One of those things was learning to play the piano. I have no good reason not to play the piano, as we actually own a piano, and my older son has been taking lessons for about three years. I didn’t want to spend any money on hobbies, since I will never become a concert pianist, so I just use a piano app and the old piano books my son has long since graduated from.
Since all this was not enough, I decided to learn a language in a game-like setting. I have, in the distant past, taken four years of Spanish. I decided Spanish would be a good language to learn now, since I may remember a little, I live in NYC and a lot of people speak it, I very occasionally come across it at work, and maybe someday I’ll even get to travel to a Spanish-speaking country again. Uno puede soñar!