I’ve been drawing and sketching ever since I could pick up a marker. For me, drawing isn’t just a hobby or a way to pass time, it’s a passion. It’s a part of me. Although I have taken art classes, I’ve never actually been taught how to draw. It’s just something that I’ve gradually become better at over time by watching other people’s techniques.
As my disease has progressed, I’ve had to develop a sort of system for all my hobbies. This system enables me to continue to enjoy my hobbies without wearing myself out.
Here is the system I’ve created for myself that allows me to still focus on some of my favorite passions, while also helping to preserve my energy:
Set a timer
I know how easy it is to lose track of time when you’re engrossed in something you love, so setting a timer will remind you to stop before you’re completely exhausted.
If I could, I would draw all day long, but I know that because of my disease, my body would not be very pleased with me if I did this. Taking breaks allows your body to rest and recuperate before continuing to work more on your project.
Take advantage of technology
Never discount the possibility that technology could help you with your hobby. Whether it’s an app on your iPad that can help you draw, or the Talk to Text feature to help you write that novel, there are endless ways that technology can assist you with your projects.
Try to pair down and organize your tools and supplies. Prioritize which hobbies you enjoy and work on the most, and put them in an easy-to-reach space. Doing this will save you a lot of time and energy in the long run.
Not only are hobbies fun, but they can help us get through the bad days that happen when our illnesses get in the way of living life. Hobbies give us a purpose and a reason to carry on.
I hope some of the tips shared in this column will help you enjoy your projects to the fullest.
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