How many of you fellows have a hobby? Ninety-nine out of a hundred
when the word is regarded in its broadest application, but most people
have hobbies without making them real hobbies at all.
One may regard almost anything as a hobby, but for all practical purposes
a border line must be drawn to differentiate what we merely enjoy from
what we make our hobbies. This would exclude such pleasures-for most
people-as singing, dancing, and the like, and for my part I always
like to associate with the word "hobby" a collection of some kind,
something that visibly grows and is augmented by the effort of the
"hobbyist." Moreover, the growth is physical, as contrasted with the
development of the aesthetic.
For example; I enjoy music, and play an instrument; I am an intense lover
of sports; I am fond of animals and the woods; and I invariably pass
the evening hours among my books. But when I set aside as my hobby my stamp
collection, I think my point becomes more clear. It is a sort of actual
pleasure house which I am building up bit by bit,
and there is all the
true architect's love in watching it grow. The pleasure is of a different
nature than that I derive from fingering my saxophone or reminiscently
turning over the pages of my kodak album.
I believe this pleasure is experienced by every devotee of a hobby,
whether it be breeding rabbits or gathering to one's library a lot of
old books, the principle of working towards some definite objective
A true devotee, I believe, extracts from life a certain satisfaction
that one who merely "likes" something never attains. There is of
course, the mental exercise, tending towards alertness, and while
admittedly varied interests broaden a man's culture, there is a certain
psychological value in this "thrill" which I believe has a good and
entirely singular effect upon a man's character.
If you never previously given the matter serious consideration, I
suggest that you try finding your hobby from your interests, and
I believe that you will find it a gold mine of satisfaction.