A hobby is an activity one develops to pursue an interest, outside of one’s regular occupation and engages in them primarily for pleasure. Hobbies range from fly fishing to leather working to star gazing, it can be anything you want it to be and anything you want to do. Having a hobby helps to make you a more interesting person and it can give you the opportunity to meet new people with similar interests. A chain of events may lead you to a new hobby which you had never considered or thought of before.
For instance, take the avid reader of fantasy novels, which in itself is a hobby. From reading these novels, the reader becomes enthralled with swordplay, armor, castles, dungeons and ladies in distress. From this interest, he may research castles and their construction or how swords and armor were developed over the ages. During his research, he may come across the term SCA or The Society for Creative Anachronism. “The Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills, and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe.” (SCA Heralds, 1995)
Soon afterwards, he finds an event scheduled near his home and visits to learn more about this organization and what they do. Upon arriving at the gate, he is greeted warmly by the event host, who is dressed in period clothing “Garb” (SCA Heralds, 1995) and speaking rather differently, almost cryptic and yet familiar. He hears terms like “mundane” and “herald”, not sure what to make of this. He is given a pamphlet which contains a site map, schedule of activities and a brief synopsis of the history of this particular event.
At this point, he looks out over the site and sees a massive amount of activity taking place throughout the site. Many people are busy setting up their area, some wearing normal clothing, while others have already gotten into their garb. He watches as he wanders through the encampments, seeing swords and armor stacked neatly in racks or against a nearby tree. His path takes him into merchant’s row, a collection of people who have taken a hobby such as sewing or metal working and have applied it to create merchandise specific to the SCA. Wandering further, he finds himself at the edge of the tournament field, where he finds a few people suited in armor and practicing against one another for the upcoming battle.
As a result of his visit to the SCA event, he has seen and discovered several hobbies he can pursue. Attending events in themselves, the researching the historical period and costumes, is one hobby. He may decide to try his skills on the battlefield...