A hobby is an activity which is pursued in leisure time, mainly for recreation and replenishing the energy lost through work.
There are several hobbies which one may pursue, such as photography, stamp collecting, reading etc. A hobby should be pursued according to one’s nature of work and aptitude.
Certain hobbies such as photography are very expensive. Hobbies like gardening require hard physical work. Reading requires some serious intellectual exercise.
My hobby is stamp collecting. Every country in the modern world issues stamps off and on. Stamps are used to commemorate the birthday of renowned personalities of the nation, to mark some important events and so on others occasions.
Stamps are of different colours, sizes and designs. They contain pictures of birds, persons, animals, plants, factories etc. They mention their fiscal value and sometimes dates, months and years.
There are several philately societies concerned with the activity of stamps collecting. I’m a member of one such society known as Indian Philately Society.
I have about five thousand postage stamps. I have arranged them in albums according to the countries belonging to different continents. I have also made a list of stamps of different kinds such as scenery, birds, animals, people, scientific inventions, and discoveries, those relating to historical and geographical spheres etc. I’m happy of my collection of stamps and very proud of them too.
Essay No. 02
Things I like to do During My Pastime
I believe that sports play an important role in the physical and mental development of an individual and everyone should participate in sports in order to be healthy and physically fit. I consider cycling as my favourite pastime and this sport is very important to me. I believe that cycling can be regarded as one of my qualities as I have participated in different competitions and in certain cases I achieved a lot.
Cycling can be considered as my past time, but I do cycling in order to be physically fit. Furthermore, I believe in the fact that cycling helps me a lot to overcome certain personal challenges that are associated with my life. Cycling energizes a lot and vitalizes the entire body and mind.
I believe that after cycling one can concentrate more on the studies and that is the reason why I have regarded cycling as one of the qualities. Lance Armstrong is my sporting hero and I have actually learned a lot from Lance Armstrong. This inspirational personality has actually developed my interest in cycling.
Just two hours of cycling can easily nourish your mind and it can have certain positive effects on your soul as well. Cycling can easily be related to my personal attributes and it gives a soothing effect to my entire personality and my overall outlook.
Essay No. 03
Hobby is something through which you can pass your free time. That’s why it is also known as pastime. Everyone has a different hobby, like singing, dancing, music, etc. My hobby or pastime is reading. I read story books, magazines, newspapers and any kind of material that I find interesting. I developed this hobby while I was a little boy. I had always wanted my parents to read fairy tales and other stories to me. However, soon they got fed up and tired of having to read to me continually. Gradually, I learned to read. I started with simple ABC books. Soon, I could read simple fairy tales and other stories. Today, I can read just about anything that is available. Reading enables me to learn about so many things that I would otherwise not know. I learned about how people lived in bygone days of magic and mystery. I learned about the wonders of the world, space travel, human achievements, gigantic whales, tiny viruses and other fascinating things of our world.
The wonderful thing about reading is that I do not have to learn things the hard way. For example, I do not have to catch a disease to know that it can make me stick to bed for days or even kill me. I know the danger so I can avoid it. Also, I do not have to go deep into the jungle to learn about the tiger. I can read all about it in a book. Books provide the readers with so much information and facts. They have certainly helped me in my daily life. I am better equipped to cope with living. Otherwise, I would go about ignorantly learning things the hard way. Reading helps me in many ways. My general knowledge has increased. I participated and won many quiz contests, science contests with the help of my hobby. It improves my grammar and vocabulary. My hobby helps me in my studies also. I always get distinctions in my subjects. So I continue to read. Besides being more informed about the world, I also spend my time profitably. It is indeed a good hobby.
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Today I am going to tell you about my hobbies. My favourite hobbies are playing basketball, playing volleyball, drawing and listening to music.
Firstly, I feel a great sense of enjoyment from playing basketball because basketball gives me lots of fun and happiness. Basketball not only releases a lot of the stress which I get from school and homework but it also helps me keep fit. I also chose basketball as one of my GCSE PE options. I got a good grade for it too which makes me feel proud of my efforts to do try and do well. I have a basketball idol called Michael Jordan. He inspired me with his fabulous skills when I look back over the years when I followed his career. I watched many of the matches in which he played. Not only did he have brilliant technical basketball skills but he also showed a great cooperative spirit which worked very well with his teammates, making a great and strong team which was often very difficult to be beaten by the opposition. I particularly loved his shooting skills in many of the matches I watched and he scored most of the time with the shots he took.
Now the second of my favourite hobbies is drawing…and I have also chosen Art as one of my ‘A’ level subjects. Drawing lets me feel at peace with myself and quite relaxed. I like to draw lots of different drawings and I spend most of my spare time drawing while also listening to music at the same time. I like to create my pictures in both pencil and colour. When I work in colour the number of different colours lets me feel that the pictures I draw are special…and actually at times quite humorous.
I do sometimes like to experiment with the re-use ….or recycling of…. many different materials. I have successfully used old shoe boxes, plastic bags and cups to create things which I can also use for myself. For example I have used three shoe boxes and covers to create my own storage system which is fixed on the wall. I have drawn many different patterns to make my home made storage stand out more and more distinctive. When I looked at the finished article I was very happy at what I had achieved and I really like what I created. These ‘creative’ storage solutions not only save money but also , I feel, make my room look more beautiful.
Thirdly, another one of my favourite hobbies is my second sport which I enjoy very much – it is Volleyball. I started to play volleyball when I was 12 years old. As I hope you know, volleyball is a team game and needs good cooperation and understanding between all members of the team to play well. I always stay after school to play volleyball and so help to build up a good understanding between all other members of our team. Volleyball creates close bonds and trust between players on the same team.
It can create friendships and a feeling of togetherness when we all are trying to win a game together. I am pleased and happy that I have found a group of good teammates. Although playing volleyball is hard, I still love to compete and meet the difficult challenges which the games present. I remember that I used to play with my friends in school on a Saturday. Then afterwards we would go out as a team for lunch together. Volleyball gave me, and still gives me, many good memories. It’s something I don’t want to lose and I will remember those memories forever.
Finally, music is also a big part of my life. I listen to many different types of music. For example I love jazz, classical, pop and even rock. Every time that I do my homework I will put my headphones on and listen to the music from my phone. I have more than 800 songs…which also lets me sing in the shower room….do you do that too?
My hopes at the moment are to be able to improve my basketball, my volleyball and my drawing skills……perhaps my singing skills too?!