Fun Hobbies You Can Master at Any Age

Guest article by Julie Morris.

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Many people believe that once they reach a certain age, it’s too late for them to pick up a new hobby or skill. This is unfortunate because learning new things is highly rewarding and great for your mental health.

 

A hobby acts as a stress-reliever by providing a positive distraction from work. Having a productive and enjoyable activity to turn to when you need a break is also a great way to feel a sense of purpose during your leisure time. On top of this, hobbies allow you to explore your hidden talents and boost your confidence as you discover your knack for certain skills. For all of these reasons, having a hobby is extremely helpful for people suffering from depression or recovering from an addiction.

 

Most hobbies are accessible to anyone, regardless of age, education or experience. If you need some ideas to get started, here are some fantastic skills that you can learn on your own.

 

Learn How to Knit or Sew

 

Sewing and knitting are relaxing hobbies that can prove useful, allowing you to quickly whip up homemade gifts or add a touch of personality to your home decor. The Seasoned Homemaker recommends using your sewing skills to make your own throw pillows, curtains, seasonal table runners and kitchen towels. Knitting is a similar activity that you can take along anywhere, such as traveling or while waiting for appointments. It’s also highly meditative and a great way to slow down after a stressful day.

 

Get into Poetry Writing

If you’re interested in writing at all, you should learn how to write poetry. According to The Write Practice, there is much more to poetry than rhyming and metaphors. Instead, poetry is focused on expressing feelings and thoughts through style and rhythm. As a result, learning how to write poetry can help you to improve your skills. Try taking a poetry class or seek online poetry journals for inspiration. There are many online poetry groups where you can post your writing and receive constructive criticism from other eager writers.

 

Pick Up an Instrument

Adults have a lot to gain from learning an instrument, such as reduced stress and greater confidence. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to teach yourself a new instrument by simply following lessons online. If your friends are interested, learning music as a group can be great fun and is a wonderful way to pick up skills from others. However, choosing an instrument to learn can be a difficult task. Consider what kind of music you like and how much flexibility you want with your instrument. Some of the easiest instruments to learn include the ukulele and the harmonica, though the piano or guitar will allow you more versatility.

 

Master the Basics of Cooking

Many chefs will agree that cooking is one of the most important skills you can learn. You don’t have to create Michelin Star meals, but just learning how to boil the perfect egg or make a basic cream sauce will open up your mealtime possibilities. Many celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver are on YouTube, giving helpful advice about proper cooking techniques as they create dishes you can copy at home. You may even want to join a local cooking class with your friends or family members.

 

Try Your Hand at Sketching

You don’t have to go to art school to learn how to draw creatively or sketch realistic images. Some of the best artists in history were self-taught. You can find almost anything you need to know about drawing from the Internet, like how to select the right drawing tools, blend colors, create realistic shadows and highlights, or how to bring perspective into your landscapes. Once you’re satisfied with your sketching abilities, graduate your artistic skills to the next level by getting out the paints.

 

Don’t be discouraged by masters who started practicing a skill as a child. It’s still possible to become great at something new as an older adult. All it takes is dedication and motivation. You may even notice that picking up new hobbies allows your brain to become more flexible as you age, improving your quality of life and your happiness as well.

You don’t have to go to art school to learn how to draw creatively or sketch realistic images. Some of the best artists in history were self-taught. You can find almost anything you need to know about drawing from the Internet, like how to select the right drawing tools, blend colors, create realistic shadows and highlights, or how to bring perspective into your landscapes. Once you’re satisfied with your sketching abilities, graduate your artistic skills to the next level by getting out the paints.

 

Don’t be discouraged by masters who started practicing a skill as a child. It’s still possible to become great at something new as an older adult. All it takes is dedication and motivation. You may even notice that picking up new hobbies allows your brain to become more flexible as you age, improving your quality of life and your happiness as well.