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Up Your Hobby Game

When this pandemic started, nearly all of my usual hobbies were shut down like the movies, park, shopping, and that meant that I had to come up with some new ways to fill the time. The difficult part was finding out which one best fit me. I was going to be stuck at home, and this felt weird because on the weekends I could not rely on my usual activities. Being at home all the time is kind of getting boring for me because I did the same thing over and over again: wake up, then log into school, then go to sleep with minor things in between. Plus, the pandemic was getting worse, so I had to improvise.

Since I had to adapt to the new environment that was heading my way, I remember when my mom told me, “You are 18, so you should know how to cook by now.” The first hobby that I tried was cooking, and it went good and bad. As of right now, I can only make basic food which includes soup or rice with chicken. I’m still learning how to make tasty meals like Hispanic food. During this pandemic, restaurants and indoor dining were some of the businesses that got closed. A good side of learning this hobby is that once you learn how to make perfect homemade meals then you don’t need to go out to restaurants or indoor dining. For example, if you are in the mood for rigatoni and meatballs, easy! All you have to do is just look up a good recipe online and learn. Once you master it, the benefits will be that it’s easier to make and cheaper than these top-notch restaurants.

A practical interest that I am learning or experiencing is money management. The reason being is because I realized that before this pandemic I was wasting money on unnecessary things like video games and random things on Amazon. So, I came up with an interest to save money or use it on something useful like books to read. Those books are Think and Grow Rich, Rich Dad Poor Dad, and Young Money. These books are interesting because they help young adults focus on their spending habits and beneficial skills. Those skills can be anything from investing tips, business tips, and money issues that the reader wants to focus on.

A hobby that I am currently doing is exercising. This is something that I used to do back before the pandemic. Every time I went to the park, I did a couple of laps. My plan is that I replace the movies with exercising. The gyms were another business that was shut down due to the pandemic. Even though the gym reopened, I might not use them since there is still a pandemic and I don’t want to take any chances. Exercising is a good hobby to start because it keeps you in shape and you can do it anywhere like a bedroom, living room, backyard, and even all around the block. I recommend you to try it out if you have not because trust me it feels good afterward and the weather is improving.            

So with all that being said, there are a lot of positive hobbies or creative interests out there to learn for Holy Family students. These were just the ones that I am currently doing, but some people might have the same ones or completely different ones. It all depends on the comfort that the person feels. Some people find reading beneficial while others find it a waste of time. If you are planning on going outside, I recommend you try exercising. Trust me, after a while your body will feel great besides its boosts your confidence. Also, hobbies and creative interests can be for anyone like kids, teens, young adults, and even elderlies.  At the end of the day, we all are human beings with different personalities, perspectives, and mindsets.  Hobbies and creative interests are fun things to do, not things that make you feel trapped or forced to do. So go out there and have fun with your hobbies and creative interests.

My name is Allen Rojas. I am currently in my first year at Holy family. My major is undecided, but I plan on going into biology or business.