Discovering Our Selves
This is such a gorgeous letter thank you Sabrina. I also had a similar revelation recently when I recently discovered I didn’t really have hobbies but instead had short-lived intensely passionate bouts of finding something new I’m interested in—knife sharpening, woodworking, miso, the science behind scent / perfume etc etc. I find it keeps life interesting and keeps me on my toes! I often wonder what I will I become fascinated with next!
“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes?” I read a while back on Substack. It’s rare that, as adults, we indulge in play or a hobby. We are living in this hyper-productivity-obsessed society where we are being told that everything we do needs to turn into a business or needs to have some purpose. But I do think this doesn't seem right. Not everything we do in life must be about being productive or generating income. Resting, daydreaming, and playing are as important as eating and sleeping for a balanced and healthy life. We underestimate the importance of these things. These are also critical things for our creativity. My best ideas sometimes came from doing nothing or pursuing a hobby, just having fun. These days, we need to make a conscious effort to make time for play and hobbies, as everything around us tells us otherwise. It’s easy to get blinded and run on autopilot without taking time for a hobby. Thank you for this great post, Sabrina
Well said! I, like you have attempted to make a living pursuing my passions but it sometimes feels constraining. I feel like the internet in general and social media in particular have stolen people's energy and time that might otherwise be used for hobbies. And do we value hobbies? When you meet someone at a party or gatherin they usually want to know what neighbourhood you live in or what you do for a living?
Such a powerful reflection, Sabrina! I often find myself trying to make sense of personality traits, instincts, dreams, and what not that are not flowing into one another like a symphony but feel more like a disjointed, experimental melody. I'm very grateful for the reminder that it's not only okay, but actually a sign of our humanity, to contain multitudes – and to welcome contradictions as part of our beautiful, and complex, Self.
Amazing. Two of my favourite authors here (Murakami, and more recently Nabokov). I often like to listen to curated jazz lists whilst reading Murakami, to enhance the experience.
There must be something in the air, that Whitman quote has been on my mind so often lately. I’ve been thinking a lot about all the selves we feel it necessary to hide, as you’ll see in my next post ;)
Such a delightful cocktail of sensory bites in here, Sabrina, thank you so much! I dearly wish I could have visited Murakami’s bar and coffeehouse…💛 And I have to attempt Emily’s cake now, too...
Sabrina thank you for taking the time to write this. It’s beautiful and I resonate with so much of it. A couple of years ago I realised I was afraid to share my spiritual side too. And it was suffocating my soul. I had to let it out. I’ve had a deep spiritual hunger grow inside me over the years and it was too much to contain in secret. I also resonate with having multiple outlets of creativity that are hard to describe into a single job. It’s because it doesn’t exist. We’re here to create a new reality and way of being. An astrologer recently told me you can’t use existing labels to describe something unique, you are a magic maker. Don’t try to fit into the box to explain what you do. Your energy has to be felt, it can’t be relayed in a resume.
We often try to monetise hobbies and have lost the art of doing something simply for the sake of doing it. The joy of creating. I love writing poetry, and recently discovered how fun I have throwing paint on a canvas whilst listening to music!
This was such a lovely read. I enjoyed each of the vignettes and relate fully to having “opposing” (or at least befuddling) interests. 💛
Sometimes I feel like I’ve run out of hobbies to enjoy. I know I haven’t tried everything, of course, but I’m convinced I’ve found all the things I like and am certain of the things I don’t. Every once in a while, though, something surprises me—tennis, muy thai, gardening, breathwork. When I’m unsure of a new pursuit, it always helps to ask, “what would I like about this if I liked it?” Sometimes it’s just about approaching unknowns from a different angle.
This is so wonderful, Sabrina! You've covered some of my absolute favorite writers/artists. Also-thanks for the kind mention :)
Love “Dickinson as Baker” 😊
Oooof! This Seven Senses! Once again your gaze is deep and wide and full of love for this world and its inhabitants.