Help me find something new to do with my time
August 17, 2010 8:00 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for a new inexpensive creative / artistic hobby.
I am living just beneath my means, so I can't go out and purchase thousands of dollars worth of supplies or gear.
When I first started doing photography (in 2006) I found that it was a fantastic way to escape the world and all my stress and forget about the important stuff. I really enjoyed creating new scenes and spent huge amounts of time thinking about new shots and how to get better. It was my pressure relief system. Long story short, now it feels like the opposite - whenever I think about getting out my camera I just feel worse. My inspiration is in the gutter; I haven't any good ideas for shots in ages. When I go out I don't feel the relief I used to feel. I feel the burden of taking better and better shots. I guess I've set a bar too high.
I also feel like I've shot everything I'm supposed to shoot. I'm dismayed that my hobby and my grand interest of these past few years is now more of a chore and no fun. I miss the inspiration and the elation in getting a good shot. I just feel burned out. My cameras are temporary retired. Physically, I mean. I have put them away in closets out of sight to try and get all of this off of my mind.
So now I'm looking for a new hobby, something creative. I love the rush of feeling like I've created something, and I want to keep that feeling. I'm hoping you can suggest something that I can transition to relatively easily. Since I'm in a funk and feel like my muses have abandoned me, I feel kind of unable to rationally search for new outlets.
When in high school oh so many years ago I used to draw and paint, and found them both frustrating.
I don't mind precision but sometimes will walk away from something that is too tedious.
Likewise if a project takes days on end, especially if it is spread out in a mess while in progress, I get irritated.
So, there you have it. A picky neat freak who is in a funk about losing the past love of his life is asking for advice on what he can use to fill the hole. Go wild. All suggestions will be considered, because I've not been able to think of a single one myself.
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