I usually get a bit flustered when someone asks me what my hobbies are and generally what I like doing in my ‘free time’. Because, you know, I just like what ‘everyone else likes’. I like lazy weekends, sometimes with friends, sometimes just with T. and sometimes I choose to spend an entire Saturday all by myself, enjoying doing nothing or things that seem like nothing. I enjoy people watching sitting in a cafe or on a bench in a park. Coffee in my hand, of course. I like beach and ocean and reading a good book (even though sometimes it is hard for me to remember what the last thing I read was).
I spoke with yet another headhunter last week, a new one, so she was asking all the questions all over again. And yes, we got to the ‘how are you spending your free time?’ There is a bit of a pressure in the question, no doubt about it. Will I sound smart enough? Will I be judged by what I say? Is it ok to say to her or a potential employer during an interview that the most excited activity I did this week was watching YouTube videos on how to make home made cleaners? Not just that, I actually was looking forward to it and found it quite exciting. (To clarify, I am just watching these, I am not making the cleaners)
This past week Craftsy had a promotion and was giving away full length classes for free. I watched an entire dress sewing class (probably at least 2 hours) without even pulling out my sewing machine. I just enjoyed watching it. Then I watched some more videos on how to use different sewing machine feet (especially the ones I don’t have). You can tell I know how to have fun. Ha!
Anyway, the pressure is on. I feel I shall be saying that in my free time all I do is read Financial Times, study philosophy, watch political debates, play in a band or take modern art classes.
What are YOU doing in your ‘free time’? Do you feel sometimes that you are not ‘doing’ enough with it?