We all have our own way of unwinding. And it doesn't really matter if we're running or knitting—as long as those activities aren't hurting anyone and keep us level-headed.
Some people, however, take up such unusual and interesting hobbies, even the mere fact that they thought of it can raise your eyebrows. Let alone the results of their passion. Like making completely edible jello art. Or collecting rocks that look like eggs.
To give you some ideas on how to spend your free time (or simply to amuse you), Bored Panda has collected a list of photos where people showcase their surprising hobbies. So relax, continue scrolling, and enjoy. Oh, and upvote your favorite pics. We really want to know which one you like best!
I'm 17 Years Old And Just Finished Building This 14.7" F/2.89 Newtonian Reflector Telescope. Despite Its Stubby Size It Collects Roughly 2500 Times More Light Than The Human Eye And Is Bigger Than The Scope At My Local Observatory
In this day and age, "I'm too busy" has become a badge of honor, a sign of value and importance. We wear it with pride, convincing ourselves that we don't have the time to take up a hobby. But I want to believe that we can. And we can get a lot out of it as well.
"Hobbies help you structure your time," Jaime Kurtz Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at James Madison University in Virginia, writes. "According to Parkinson's law, 'work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.' More simply, things take as much time as you have. So, when the evening stretches out before you, unscheduled, you might find yourself laboring over that work project or answering emails into the wee hours. Chances are, if you had choir practice or a book club meeting that night, you would get those tasks done much more quickly. So, hobbies can seem to create more time by encouraging efficiency."
I Tried Painting On Strollers. I Held My First Experiment On My Friend’s Stroller. Everyone Was Happy With The Result
Hobbies also promote flow. "Left to our own devices, we often opt for passive leisure—TV and web surfing are at the top of most people's lists," Kurtz explains. "Sure, we all need to veg out from time to time. But we are so much more invigorated by active leisure, the sort of thing psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls flow activities. If you've ever lost yourself in a sport, art project, or other challenging, absorbing activity, you've experienced flow. Time flies, self-consciousness disappears, and you are fully immersed in the activity at hand. Hobbies, especially those that stretch our skills, foster this desirable and increasingly elusive state."
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Hobbies can foster new social connections. Yes, some of them are solitary endeavors, but many get us out in our communities, meeting people we otherwise wouldn't, sharing our passions, and forming new relationships. Kurtz says social connection is a key component of happiness and a meaningful life, and hobbies have the potential to create precious new ties.
Not to mention hobbies help people cope with stress. "Imagine a rough day at the office, where you were harshly criticized by your boss. Coming home and turning on the TV may provide a brief distraction, but it doesn’t address your damaged ego head-on. Now imagine that after work you head out to your soccer league or pottery class. These activities are more than merely distracting. They remind you that that are many facets to your self-concept. Employee, yes, but also athlete or artist. As such, a blow to one aspect of your identity is less damaging. Simply put, your eggs aren't all in one basket."
Moreover, these benefits can spill over into other aspects of your life. If you can designate an hour a day or even a few hours a week for something you feel truly inspired by, it's only natural if some of that newfound zest carries over into your work and family life.
My Grandpa Recently Passed, So My Aunts Got My Grandma Some Art Supplies In Hopes That A Hobby Would Help Ease The Loneliness. I Never Knew My Grandma Was So Artistic. Even At 85, She Doesn't Cease To Amaze Me
My Dad Is 52 Y/O And His Hobby Is Making These Weird Heads? He Doesn’t Think They’re Any Good But Considering He Makes Them From Scratch I Think They’re Amazing!
This Is German Retiree Paul Sperber, Aged 78. He Has Been Building A Model City Out Of Paper For Almost 65 Years
New Favorite Hobby: Photoshopping My Cat Into Movie Posters And Setting Them As My Fiance's Phone Background
I Breed Butterflies. I Ordered 15 Caterpillars On The Internet. I Was Feeding Them And Cleaning Their Little Aviary. Today I Got The First Result: One Of The Butterflies Hatched!
It Took Me A Bit More Than A Year, 2 Weeks Of Which I Was Assembling The Base And Putting The Sails On During The Last Month. 900 Details And Hundreds Of Threads And Knots!
A Year Ago, I Started Staying In And Peircing State Quarters, Instead Of Going Out And Getting In Trouble. Here Is My Collection So Far
My Mom Started A New Hobby It's Jello Art And Completely Edible
My Dad Used To Get So Mad Every Time My Mom Would Come Home With A New Coffee Mug (She Likes To Collect Them) And Her New Boyfriend Literally Built Her A Wall To Display Her Collection
I Like To Build Metal Miniatures
My New Hobby
My Growing Collection Of Pokemon I've Built Out Of LEGO
Lamps My Dad Made
Started By Buying A Few Advertising Rulers Here And There
I started by buying a few advertising rulers here and there; yard sales, eBay, and the occasional antiques store when they weren’t charging $20/stick. I figured that I would use them as wainscoting in a small room once I found my forever home. People would give them to me as gifts around the holidays. Two homes later, there was some very boring pine paneling and needed something. I still have about 100 yardsticks left. Maybe for a vacation house some day
Loved Miniatures Since Childhood, Have Recently Taken It On As A Regular Hobby
I Photoshop Animals Into Random Things As A Hobby. This Is One Of My Favourite Pieces
I Build Guitars For A Hobby. Here's My Favourite Build
I Weave Chainmaille As A Hobby. I Usually Make Dice Bags, But This Is My First Shirt!
I Work For A Corporate Restaurant At The Moment. I Hated Not Being Able To Get Creative So I Started A New Hobby A Couple Of Weeks Ago
In The Wake Of Covid-19, I'd Just Like To Say To All Those People Who Poked Fun At Me For Having Such A Weird Hobby: Look Who's Laughing Now!
It All Started With A Visit To A Kids’ Store With My Daughter. I Came Across The Usual Plasticine And Bought It. Mixed Several Colors And Started To Build. The Whole Process Took 1 Month
I Don't Care If It's For The Geekiest Hobby Ever, From Today I Can Now Brag That I'm A Cover Girl
My Hobby Is 3D Printing, Painting, And Assembling These Kinda Statues
My Sand And Dirt Collection From Every Place I Visit
My Mom Has Gotten Into Some Strange Hobbies Since We Left For College
Those are pistachios. I always said she needed a hobby but I did not expect this.
My Mil Has Been Taking Photos Of Local Birds As A Hobby. This Is By Far My Favorite
New Hobby Of Printing Terrains And Painting Them
My Recent Hobby: Dwarf Knives. They’re Made From Birch, Oak, Hornbeam, Brass, And Iron
Someone On My Facebook Feed Has Been Collecting Cicada Shells So She Can Pose Them In Battle Scenes
"So What Do You Collect?" - "Oh, Just Barf Bags"
Niek Vermeulen (Netherlands) has 6,290 airline sickness bags from 1,191 different airlines from almost 200 countries, as of 28 February 2012, which he has accumulated since the 1970s.