I am so proud of all the mapping you did during our last visit. Wherever you got to in that task, you can store it away for a little bit and join me in visiting your entertainment district again. This time I want to find out if you are where you want to be in regards to your hobbies, interests and entertainment.
When we were last here, we made a list of the things we spent our money, time and energy doing outside spending time at work. I also threw you in the deep end and asked you to audit the activities you do, and how long you spend doing them. If you didn’t do this then don’t worry. I will let you in on a secret, I rarely did my homework when I was at school, I was too busy trading pokemon cards and imagining that I was the tenth member of the fellowship of the ring, I digress. If you did, in fact, do an audit on yourself and create a list of the activities you do, then it may look something like the below:
- Listen to radio – 20 minutes
- Read a book – 10 minutes
- Browse phone – 3 hours
- Watch television – 2 hours 30 minutes
- Socialise with friends – 2 hours
- Football training – 1 hour 30 minutes
This gives us an idea of the types of things we do on a daily basis. With this information, we can ask ourselves a few probing questions about our lives.
Am I happy with the body I currently have?
If you are not happy with the body you have then a change to your hobbies and interests could help. If you would like to lose some weight then we can look at the activities you spend your time doing and see if they get you up and moving around at a rate where weight loss becomes a natural and easy process.
The same can be said if you are frustrated by the lack of muscle mass you have or if you lack confidence in yourself in general. Picking some new hobbies that get you moving and on the path to becoming stronger and a more formidable version of yourself is something that can really help build your confidence and bring you to terms with the body we were given in this life.
Am I happy with how much I know and how smart I am?
Our brains are fantastic things, it’s a real-life supercomputer in there! We have access through, books, the internet, and museums all the information on any subject that humans have access to. So if you wanted to become smarter and more knowledgable on a subject, then you absolutely have the ability to do so.
I don’t know what strange power they have, but put me in front of a good action flick, television series or new video game, and I become numb to the world and time passes me by faster than a bullet train. Even though you could argue that these media do have some educational value; they really don’t give you the volume of quality information to fire up your brain matter and help pack more into your ol’ noggin!
Am I happy in general?
Now, this is a difficult one to answer and so you can keep it to yourself if you would like. It is important that you are honest with yourself though and ask whether all the things you do in life balance out so that you are happier more times than you are sad.
I appreciate that a lot of people have issues that extend beyond their hobbies and interests. For example, if you hate your job, have anxiety and depression or suffer from forms of abuse, you may find being happy on a regular basis a difficult thing to achieve. Looking at the entertainment you consume, however, may provide some insight into things you could start doing to release tension, stress and traumatic memories.
I encourage you to be honest and answer this question. If you come to the conclusion that you are either unhappy or just simply feel nothing, then I believe that there are activities and hobbies that can be started that require a longer-term commitment and provide hope for a better future.
I hope that this letter will have posed some interesting questions that may have encouraged you to look at the hobbies, interests and entertainment you consume, and look critically whether they are helping or harming your future.
I look forward to talking to you again soon.
Rose-Blanc Town management