The lost art of hobbies

Remember when people had hobbies?

Before they decided to live a life of overworking themselves then crashing on the couch with some below-average TV shows?

The hobby is ready for a refresh.

Your paintings don’t have to live in a cupboard, they can live on Etsy or OpenSea. Your skills don’t have to develop accidentally and sporadically, but with the support of an abundance of free online training.

The thing you want to make may be something others want to make too. You could make it together, from across the world, in real-time. Others might even like to buy it.

Hobby used to mean “something you do for fun that has no market value”.

Now it just means “something you do for fun”.

I wonder if it’s time to ditch the question, “so what do you do for work?” and replace it with “so what’s your hobby?”