I’ve found that as we grow older, a lot of us lose touch with the hobbies and activities we once loved as youngsters.
As kids and teenagers, so many of us were involved in a wide range of activities – they may range from sports, like baseball and dancing, to other disciplines like chess, drama or photography. I was lucky to always have lots of extra-curriculars on the go in each season – soccer and swimming in the summer, figure skating, martial arts and diving throughout the school year, as well as music and theatre rehearsals.
Hobbies could be things you’re naturally drawn to and not involved in at an organized level, too. I always loved to draw, make collages, write, paint, bake and generally, create. These activities occupied lots of my down time growing up, and I try to make lots of time for them today, too.
That’s because, usually, the things we liked as kids still make us happy as adults.
But somewhere along the way into adulthood, we get too busy or wrapped up in other stuff that these hobbies start to fade away. For me, it was in university, when academic, work, and social demands were high and these hobbies that I loved so much just weren’t made a priority any more.
In chatting with friends about this, it seems like a common scenario. After post-secondary school, we often get a job and settle down and life just gets in the way. The past couple of years I’ve started really honing back in on some of my favourite pasttimes, and it has brought me so much joy. There’s something that feels like “home” when you’re doing an activity you love, even if you haven’t done it in a while.
Getting back into something you used to be relatively good at is daunting! You can’t rely on your fearless attitude that once came so naturally as a youngster, either. My humility was put to the test upon my recent first foray back onto the ice, where figure skaters half my age were doing double axels all around me. And frustration is high every time I sit down to my keyboard and try to remember how to play Adele’s ‘Hello’ that took me three times the length of time it would have taken me to learn it 10 years ago.
It’s worth it, though. Returning to doing something you love – as stressful as it may be at the start – is incredibly rewarding. And after accepting that you’ll maybe never be as good as you used to be, and that the point is to enjoy the activity (and maybe understand the dream of becoming Tara Lipinski is long gone), you’ll have lots of fun.
It’s a challenge, but it’s an exciting challenge – one that your 12-year-old self would high-five you for taking on.
One of the things I always loved to do was bake. And these one-bowl, six-ingredient muffins would’ve put just as big a smile on my face as a kid as they do today. They’re dense and delicious, nutritious, perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack, and super easy. So, everyone – including those of you who don’t count baking among your top hobbies – will have no problem making them!
Six-Ingredient Apple Oatmeal Muffins (GF, SF, vegan)
Makes 12 muffins
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup raisins or apple juice-sweetened dried cranberries
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350*F.
- Line or grease muffin tray.
- Add applesauce, oats and maple syrup to food processor and blend until consistent and the oats are finely chopped but still with lots of texture.
- Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
- Mix in raisins and spices.
- Transfer by heaping tablespoon into muffin cups and flatten the tops lightly.
- Bake at 350* for 15 minutes or until golden on top.
- Let cool in the tray on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove muffins from the tray and place them on the rack to finish cooling.