Ask Yourself: What Did I love To Do as a Kid?

As we get older a lot of people struggle to find a hobby or activity that they are passionate about or find fun. If we don’t have something we’re passionate about we find ourselves getting bored and even unhappy at times. It’s important to find something to do that you love. It’s makes life worth living.


To be honest it’s difficult to know what you like enough to stick with. I’m obsessed with podcasts and one I love is ‘Happier with Gretchen Ruben.’ In the podcast Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth Craft talk about building good habits and living a happier life.  A few months ago I listened to one of their podcasts and they said ask yourself “what did you do for fun when you were ten years old?” The reason being, if you liked something when you were ten there’s a huge chance you’ll like it now as an adult.

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After listening to this I asked myself: What do I find fun? It took me a while to figure it out. For years I’ve been trying different things, dancing, Zumba, yoga, brazillian jujitsu, the list goes on. While I enjoyed all of these things and I’m really lucky to have tried them I didn’t find I was hugely passionate about any of them.

When I was a kid I loved so much. I loved art. A couple of months ago I was fed up with going home and watching nothing on TV. I heard about this local oil painting class from a friend. I called up my sister and asked would she be interested in coming along (too scared to try it alone) She’s artsy too so she came with me. Ever since that first class I’ve been a different person. I loved painting and art when I was a kid and I love it even more now as an adult and I’m overjoyed that I’ve rediscovered art.

Why not try something that you used to love when you were young? A lot of people I know don’t aren’t sure what they enjoy doing. People don’t seem to know what they’re passionate about anymore. Maybe it’s the rise in social media outlets or perhaps everyday life has become more demanding and it’s hard to even find the time to figure out what you love.  So why not try something you already know you’ve enjoyed in the past?

What did you love doing when you were a kid? Did you love walking in the woods with your family? Did you love painting and drawing? Maybe you loved to sing or play an instrument. Was your favourite place to go the Zoo or a farm? Were you obsessed by dinosaurs?

If you loved walking around, go for a walk this weekend. Were you more of an artist that doodled on every blank piece of paper around? Why not draw something that you think is beautiful tonight? If you had a love of animals you could volunteer at your local animal shelter. If you were bookish, tonight when you go home pick a random book off your shelf and get lost in the story.

Maybe none of those things were your niche. But think about it…What did you love doing? Only you can answer that.

So go on and rediscover an old craft, hobby or sport. What do you have to lose?


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