Images of certain pastimes, over the decades, have been doodled on with sleepy “zzzzs” and ruminated over with a sense of lackluster meaning.
Recently, however, I have found that many of these activities that many assume produce the same result that a child makes when given a plate of vegetables, are actually very undeserving of such ‘boring’ reputations. In actuality they are, indeed, very peace-filled forms of recreation.
So, give these hobbies a chance–instead of snores and drool, they may quite possibly add some vigor in your eyes and excitement to your summer, chlorine-clouded brain.
Seashell Scouting. Strolling down the beach, barefoot, bucket in hand, is one of the most soothing outdoor activities. Without a hassle, grab your sunglasses and a friend and try to scout out the most aesthetically pleasing shells. (Craft Hack: find a pretty shell with a small hole in the rim–the ‘flower of the sea’ makes for a sweet necklace once you poke a strand of thread/yarn through it.)
Flower Planting. Waiting for a plant to sprout may not be the best antidote to cure an impatient personality. But, once the flowers begin to visibly grow and flourish, it’s intriguing to track the evolution, overtime. And ultimately the natural process gives you a beautiful splash of color and petals be it in your backyard or in a pot placed in the kitchen windowsill.
Ceramic Painting. Whether it’s a visit to the local craft store or an outing to a paint studio, the combo of paint and a ceramic of any shape harbors wonderful results. The artistic task is extremely placid and calming, never failing to relax me. And by the end of the process, you create something that reflects your personality–projected on a mug, a plate or even a vase.