A few weeks ago I spotted my spinning wheel, all dusty and in a corner. I realized that it had probably been over 4 years since I really used it.
It did sort of go downhill from there – I opened the craft closet to see bags of unspun wool, knitting needles that hadn’t been touched, crochet hooks neatly in cases, and the realization that my sewing machine has been at my oldest daughter’s house for three years and I had forgotten.
That’s not all. I have oil paints, brushes, canvases, and an easel – all unused for years. There are books I haven’t read, gardening that hasn’t been done, and a plethora of glue sticks that are over half a decade old.
For someone that used to create my own wardrobe, sell paintings, and shear my sheep to get the wool to clean, card, and spin so that I could make scarves, mittens, and other things… well apparently my hobby days are long past. It makes me sad.
It also makes me wonder if I will ever get back to those things that I enjoy. My life is full these days. Writing, homeschooling, spending time with my family – these things leave little time for those special moments where I could create.
Oh – I guess I still create but it’s a different way. Having several hours to sit in front of an easel is a luxury that I don’t have anymore. Now days, that creative energy is channeled into writing mostly.
I am sure that I do not have my priorities in order, Â but I am not sure how to change things. When you work for yourself it is harder to schedule down time, I think.
Are you too busy for a hobby? If not, how do you schedule your down time?