by Ramaadevi Nagaraj
Everyday life is a usual routine for almost each and everyone, more so for the elderly, be it men or women. Their capacity for physical work would have naturally lessened to some extent; as such spending time would be a tedious effort. At this juncture having cultivated a hobby comes in very handy. Some nurture it in their youth, whereas others develop it in their later years.
A hobby keeps the mind in good spirits, each day is filled with a new kind of enthusiasm giving no room for stray thoughts.
The habit of reading is one of the best hobbies, it can be done anywhere, anytime and at any place, it imposes no restrictions whatsoever, and the only material needed is an interesting book and perhaps spectacles to read the printed matter clearly. The reading hobby when developed in childhood certainly goes a long way in helping to bide the time especially when no other options remain: while travelling, waiting in the airport, bus or train platform, an appointment with the doctor or just at home cuddled with a book when it’s raining cats and dogs.
Reading good books enhances one’s vocabulary and knowledge, and slowly but definitely it leads us to the spiritual side of existence which should be the ultimate goal of all human beings.
Initially what starts as a hobby may also become career oriented, it may be just a past time too, but it certainly acts as a soothing balm to the drudgery of our daily chores, and in the midst of our trials and tribulations.
Hobbies may be one or many like painting, drawing, photography to name a few. Indulging in these activities help us to focus our mind and derive joy from the perfection achieved in small tasks. A hobby helps as a crusader to pen our feelings and as said earlier a hobby is a must to take us through the evening of our lives.