Happy first post of 2021!
How are you? Thanks for sticking with me and reading my posts. It makes me happy knowing that there are at least two people out there who bother to keep up with li’l ol’ chiisana on the web. I’ve just come to a realization earlier this week that… I don’t have any real hobbies! The book that helped me realize this is the one called Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, and it has really highlighted for me the adverse effects of using technology passively. I spend an inordinate amount of time on social media doing easy but low-value activities like scrolling and watching fun YouTube videos… but none of these things actually improve my life in any real and significant way. Having true hobbies that are difficult but rewarding and carving out time regularly to talk to people would make time pass by more meaningfully. I would be taking responsibility for my existence by leaving evidence that I’ve done something to make the world a better place.
I don’t have a strong and active group of close friends nor am I systematically carving out time to improve myself in a hands-on, physical hobby or leisure activity. But this book has offered concrete and helpful ways for me to cultivate those things in an age of infinite digital content. To list those ways right now would be helpful for you and for me, but I don’t want to use this post for that necessarily. I think it’d be better for me to simply link you a place where you can sample and purchase the book and then just…. go over the fact that I don’t have real hobbies. Video games are fun and can build a lot of useful and healthy skills for people. But I think there’s something about face-to-face interaction that video games can’t really replicate or emulate. The kind of social activity and interaction that’s done on there doesn’t quite translate into real intimacy.
Okay. I love Genshin Impact, but I’m always down to find higher quality pursuits of leisure and self-improvement, especially if it’ll do some good for the people around me.
At the same time… I’ve once fostered very close friendships through purely online interactions. I hear stories of people who’ve maintained deep and abiding friendships online through video games and eventually met up in real life for significant life events. Could it still be said then that video games are not a worthy pastime if such fruitful relationships came about because of them?
Anyways. I’m pretty sleepy. I’m not really sure what high-value leisure activity I’ll pursue. Might go back to drawing bad fanart. And maybe use YouTube for a more productive purpose like solving the Rubik’s cube that’s been collecting dust in my room for three years. Little things, am I right?