So I’ve decided I have no hobbies. Not really, anyway. I mean, I love to read and write. I’ve read probably 10 books already this summer. I’m a nerd. I know it.
My parents were not athletic. They were musicians. I’m not sure if it was lack of money or they just didn’t think about it, but when I was a kid, they never enrolled me in Little League or dance or anything like that. I took piano lessons; I read; I played outside. By the time I hit seventh grade, when I could have started playing on school sports teams, I had developed a complete non-interest in sports, and even in PE class. In seventh grade, I took Art. In eighth, I took Music. Finally, in ninth grade, I had to take the dreaded PE. (And I made it, by the way. They separated the girls and the boys, thank goodness, and lots of my friends took PE with me.)
So in high school I did student council, theater, chorus, and speech and debate. To this day, if I had to give a speech to 1000 people, I’d be fine with it. In fact, I’d enjoy it. However, if I had to play a game of volleyball in front of 10 people, I would absolutely hate it. Performing physically in front of an audience scares me to death.
I did try karate for a couple of years. Steven was already a blackbelt, and I wanted for us to have a hobby we could do together. I made it to brown belt and quit. I enjoyed the katas (forms) and the fact that I was physically fit, but I hated sparring. I competed in one karate competition during the two years and it was nerve-wracking and disastrous.
So now, Steven goes to play golf, and I read. Steven coaches, and I write. He plays basketball, and I read. He plays softball, and I write. I would really like to find another hobby we could do together. Though I still maintain my non-interest in sports, I am willing to compromise. Is there some sport I might be willing to try? Is there something in my area of interest that he could try? Hmmmm . . . any suggestions?