Random and mostly off topic.
Since realizing that smartphones kill boredom, and boredom is the beginning of all creativity and exploration, I’ve been on an endless quest for more hobbies.
Simple stuff like reading, which always has been around. Yes for sure it’s close-up, but it’s not mindless scrolling for hours, with usually almost zero learning or benefit gained.
Or more out-there stuff like paragliding, hangliding, kitesurfing, diving, flying ultralights, rowing, playing waterpolo, learning languages and living in places to try them out on people.
Even endmyopia, kind of a hobby. Learning lots about Web stuff and video stuff and tech stuff and social media and Google and whatnot, communities, and how these interactions change my own views.
And also less at-first-glance beneficial ones like mechanical watches, fountain pens, photography … the list goes on. Anything that adds some learning and discovery. Random stuff like pens, while hunting for some gifts for friends in Bangkok, met a fascinating pen store owner and had a great conversation. Meet new people, new ideas, all the seconds and minutes that aren’t spent scrolling through Instagram.
What about you? Any hobby collectors here? What other inspiration has some solid boredom lead you to?