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Flying As A Hobby
Ask a room full of people what hobby they have and you will get as many answers as there are people. Others will confess that they donít have a hobby. They probably do; but just donít label it as such. By definition, a hobby is an activity or interest pursued outside one's regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.
Whether flying, stamp collecting, chat rooms, trains, softball,scrapbooking, golf, reading, painting, tap dancing, yard work, crafts, auto mechanics, music, hunting down garage sales, sewing, fishing, cooking, boating, furniture refinishing, javelin tossing or a plethora of other activities or interests the key element is balance. You must find balance between your family life and your extracurricular activities.
Too much of a good thing turns bad. Everyone should havean outlet and a special interest that they enjoy doing for themselves. Self indulgence, to a point, is quite healthy. Escaping from day to day grinds to take some time to devoteto your flying hobby or concentration is therapeutic. Youíve all heard, "if Mamma ainít happy, no oneís happy." It doesnít matter if your role is father, mother, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, son, daughter, brother or sister, if youíre just going to work or school and have noreal outside activities, youíre probably not always the most friendly person to be around.
Conversely, if you bury yourself and it seems to others that all you care about or all you ever want to do is fly all day (or hang around the airport), youíre setting yourself up or prolonging discontent. People deal with depression in many ways. Some sleep all the time. Others want to do nothing but read,read, read. Still others will spend hours upon hours downstairs building a bigger, faster widget, just to avoid the real cause of their frustrations. Hobbies are supposed to be a healthy outlet, not a catalyst to ignore issues that need addressing.
Likewise, hobbies can get very expensive. Sure, flying, snow mobiles, motorcycles and ski equipment are obviously expensive. But sometimes those seemingly low cost activities can add up. You start out with trying to budget for the weekly flying lessons. Then you need (or want) the unnecessary (but fun) goodies that we all "need" to pursue our passion. "Letís see, do we pay the mortgage this month, or get that (fill in the blank) that you just have to have?"
If your flying hobby is doing more harm than good, if itís dipping into the family budget and time allocation, more than you can or should be spending, itís time to reevaluate. Not stop the flying, mind you, just make sure it's appropriate for you and your family and its lifestyle.
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