If Writing Is A Hobby, Its Ok

You don’t have to make money from everything

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I love to play the piano. I don’t get paid to play and neither do I ever hope to get paid. I want to improve but that is not the main goal of my playing.

My main goal is: pleasure. Who knows maybe one day someone will pay me?

What happened to hobbies?

Why do we have to turn everything into a side hustle or project to make money. Not everything we do needs to about making money.

The definition of a hobby, my definition, is:

An activity that brings one great pleasure for which the primary purpose is not commercial but enjoyment.

And writing is my hobby at the moment. It brings me great pleasure to put words to paper and write down how I am feeling or the thoughts occupying my mind.

Its fun!

I have another occupation, and writing is not it. And I also don’t plan to make writing my full-time occupation. I doubt I would derive as much pleasure from writing as I do now, if I had to slog away at the mercy of someone else’s command.

There is nothing wrong with writing for fun. For pleasure. And even if you never get better, that’s ok too. Some things in life are meant to be enjoyable and pleasant.

And yes, some days I don’t feel like writing. And on those days I don’t write or I write less. But like the piano, the more practice the more I enjoy. So am learning to write something everyday even on the days I don’t feel like writing.

I believe that hobbies make you an interesting person. More interesting than your career.

It’s boring to dedicate all your time to making money and slogging at the grind. I learned this year that career is the not the be all and end all.

You are not your job. You are, who you are when you are not working. Your job does not define you.

I did not lose my job this year but I lost full-time employment. At first it felt strange to be so…


So I had a lot more free time on my hands than ever before. A lot more free time to develop my interests and hobbies. A lot more free time to play the piano, to read books, to cycle, hike and write. These are the things I love to spend my time doing.

There are far more interesting, enjoyable and fulfilling things to do with our time than make money. I don’t want a side hustle.

I want a side hobby.

I want to work to live and to enjoy my life, my time and my hobbies.

We don’t need a side hustle to make more money, we need to live in a world where our jobs pay us enough money so we can spend time doing the things we enjoy.

I am a Lawyer, Writer, Reader and Traveller. From Johannesburg, South Africa. I am writing to find my voice. Fortune favours the brave.

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