Is the hobby dying? Maybe the problem is you ......
I've been in a lot of hobbies, some for over decades, some from as far back as being a kid.
Some hobbies I am still very active in, some are now mostly dormant in my world. Picking up some new ones even now in my old age.
I was in a local chapter of a national club, I started and founded a new club, I am not in any club now.
I'm active in a lot of forums, I started my own forums.
I do reviews, I make videos, some just for Green Leader on the 21st Century Unofficial Fan Club.
I've done a lot of projects, some serious, some just cheap thrills "grins and giggles" stuff. A small sample below ....
I do "Shows", some with other people, some all by myself. I post all about those shows all over the web. I've done shows in Hobby Shops, Comics Shops, on sidewalks at strip malls, Museums, CBOC Medical Centers, Airports, Flea Markets, Toy Stores, places like old Forts, places like EnterTRAINment Junction. You don't always get to, nor have to, start off "Big". "Big"may come later, but don't take for granted it will.
It all comes down to one question.
Are you having fun? If not, when the fun be gone, you be gone.
Just like real life, many times, granted not all the time, but plenty of times, it is what you put into something, that matters, and why. I find this to be true in all hobbies I look into, and from those in those hobbies, some for decades, some just getting into them.
Hobbies are supposed to make you happy. Some people try drugs, booze, wild reckless sex, anything to make them feel "happy inside", trying to numb some pain or fill some hole in their soul. Some of that is pretty dangerous, and grows into a monster problem. I've heard our hobby called "Plastic Crack", and sure enough, you can see a lot of addictive behaviors in this game. Some people just buy, and buy, and buy, always looking for the next thing to buy. Some start projects, get to a certain point on it, get bored or whatever, and start another project, repeat, repeat, repeat.
Some people get into "hobbies" as a means of socialization. A way to have friends, substitute for family, lasts longer than a pet, whatever.
Some are in it purely for profit, some for creative outlet.
Some just want to buy and collect, some buy and play, some want to just make things, some do a little of all of it.
You will meet some great people, and will also meet some you wish you never knew at all.
Some people will like you, some will hope they see you under a bus.
Some people will love what you do and promote you along with others, some have damn little room in the spotlight for anyone but them.
Some people will tell you to do what you can with what you have and have fun, some will tell you if you don't do this or that, collect this or that, spend this or don't bother, and don't hang around them if you don't share their "vision".
Must I recount all the noise about which brands to buy, what genre to do, what level one must reach?
But once again, the bottom line comes down to this.
If no one was around you for a 1000 miles, no internet, just little old you doing what you can with what you can get or make, does it make you happy to be doing it?
Sure, things can be better if done with some real friends, but you don't have to.
Yes, basically a hobby is about some form of "just playing", you don't have to have some Grande Purpose, but it is nice to share what you do with others, like sick kids, broken Vets, elderly people just waiting to die, the list goes on, but remember, it's your time and money, and you control what you do with such, as you please to do or not.
Yeah, sometimes it is hard work ( sometimes it is rather easy ), but if it becomes more of a job or a chore, when all you can think about is what others are thinking about you compared to others, when all that matters is "winning" ( whatever the Hell that is ), maybe you need to slow down and rethink things.
If nothing is happening around you, what are you doing to make anything "happen" around you?
For what it was worth ....
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