I love writing, and I have said before in this blog that it just might be my favorite hobby. I especially love creative writing since it is a fantastic avenue for expression and a path to creating my own world on a page. Creative writing gives me full control over every aspect of my stories, so I can make a dog talk or a penguin fly if it progresses the story. I don’t write because I am uncomfortable with how the world is, I write because I love to share a contrasting view from how things actually are in the world. Most of the things I write outside of this blog are works of fiction, I especially enjoy writing children’s stories, because children are still learning how the world works and stories geared towards them can have a more carefree tone while still sharing a serious message. I personally think it is easier to explain some of the more complex themes of life through stories told to children. Even before writing was widely used to tell tales, spoken fables and ancient proverbs were told to children in order to teach them important lessons in life. I like to condense as many important themes as a can into a story made for children because it may be a child’s only chance to form an understanding of the issues they will face in life. Writing is important, it is more than just a hobby or a subject taken in school, writing is a perfect way to share knowledge and express emotion. I may be repeating something I said on an earlier blog, but writing is necessary for the future and I would love to see a renewal of interest in reading in future generations.
In honor of my 151st post, I will write about my favorite childhood television show, Pokemon. Pokemon are those funny looking little Japanese critters with magical powers, who happen to resemble everyday creatures that inhabit our real world. I have been told that there are now over 600 of these little creatures on the show and in the video games, but when I was a child the number was limited to 151 creatures that needed to be captured and trained. The Pokemon franchise was huge in the late nineties, as the creatures graced almost every setting, when I look back on it I realize that Pokemon was more of a pop culture phenomenon than just a children’s game. I was just a kid when the series was first introduced in America so I only saw it as a fun game, but it was often referenced in comedy shows, and was also in the news for several different reasons. I have to admit, I was somewhat obsessed with these things as a child, I was always talking about the game, and looking for ways to “catch em all,” as the slogan stated, it is funny just how much I have grown out of something that I was so entrenched in as a child. The Pokemon series has lost much of its popularity in the years since its release, due to repetition, but it has shown the power marketing and visibility has on advancing a brand. Before Pokemon was introduced many product makers worked on selling their merchandise through television and radio advertisements, but Pokemon spread its footprint by being an advertisement. The television show was secondary to the games and products, which were already pushing sales by advertising the need to get all of the creatures. Pokemon changed the way people market products to children, and it was memorable enough to create a generation of adults who will never forget the hours of fun spent playing. I would love to see a new product make this kind of impact, but after Pokemon everything else seems like an imitation.
A hobby is an activity that is done solely for enjoyment, many common hobbies include hunting, playing video games, and reading. There are some fortunate people out there whose jobs are their hobbies, and while I know they are having fun at work, I wonder what they do for fun outside of work. I understand that most people have multiple hobbies, but I feel as though it would be easy to get sick of your favorite activity once it becomes your primary source of income. Doing something you love is important, but when others require you to do what you love, in a manner that you hate, it can quickly taint the joy behind it. I have met several former professional athletes, who quit their dream job due to the fact that they “no longer loved the game.” The sport these athletes played was their favorite hobby since they were children, and they were blessed enough to be able to get paid to enjoy what they loved, but the politics in the business of sports led to these athletes hating what they once called a hobby. Not all jobs based on hobbies end poorly, the most successful cases of hobbies turned jobs involve people who started their own businesses and became their own boss so to speak. These individuals stayed in control of the hobby, and kept it enjoyable. Hobbies are meant to be personal outlets or escape from the mundane facets of life, the act of enjoying a hobby is quickly ruined if it is forced. A hobby is an activity done for fun and for leisure, when a hobby turns into a job that you cannot control, all sense of leisure is lost and it just becomes another daily task that was once loved.