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If you’re looking for some hobbies to pick up in your 20s, then look no further.
Starting something new can be scary, and it can feel like there’s no point branching out from what you’re already good at. But in reality there’s no better time than your 20s to pick up a new skill.
Anything you learn now will be with you the rest of your life, and your future self will thank you for starting as early as you did.
These are 5 hobbies to pick up in your 20s.
Photography is a perfect hobby to pick up in your 20s, since there are virtually no start up costs. If you enjoy it then you can invest in a more professional camera down the line, but as a beginner, the camera on your phone should be enough.
Photography is a fantastic way to boost your creative thinking, and gives you the opportunity to learn how to use photo editing software – something that may come in handy one day.
Your 20s could potentially be some of the best years of your life, and there’s no better way to document them than with photography. You’ll be glad you decided to pick up photography in your 20s when you’re flicking through your old photos in a few years’ time.
Writing is one of the best hobbies to pick up in your 20s, and one of my favourite things to do in my spare time.
It’s a skill that anyone can become great at with enough practice, despite what your teachers may have told you at school. Just like any other skill, the more you write and the more you learn, the better you’ll become.
Becoming a great writer will help you express yourself more clearly – something that can help in all aspects of your life, from getting that promotion to helping you express problems in your personal relationships.
If you’re interested in learning to write – just start! You can share your work with others by publishing content or starting a blog, but you don’t have to share your work with anyone if you don’t want to. I’d even suggest starting a journal as a way of improving your writing – anything and everything you write will help develop your writer’s voice and become a more natural and fluent writer.
If you’d like to learn more about how to be a better writer, I’d highly suggest On Writing Well by William Zinsser. It’s a brilliant guide to writing with tips that writers of any level can benefit from. I’m only half way through, but this book has already transformed my writing style and I’ve picked up tips that will stay with me for the rest of my writing career.
“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” – Maya Angelou
If you’re in your 20s, then you’ve likely grown up with more forms of entertainment you could ever need. So reading may have taken a step back in your life when you bought your first Netflix subscription.
It’s fairly common for people to have loved books as children but lost that passion as they entered adulthood. But reading is relaxing, provides you with interesting conversation points, and contributes to mental stimulation and general brain health – so you should really consider getting into reading while you’re young.
Read everything you can get your hands on, whether that’s fiction, non fiction, articles or poetry. The trick is to find something that interests you and start from there.
4. Learning a Language
You don’t need to be talented to learn a language, and with free programs such as Duolingo available, there’s no better time to start.
Learning a language is hard work but extremely satisfying, and it will be worth it when you’re able to communicate with someone in their native language.
If you’re serious about language learning then you can hire a language tutor, or even travel to countries that speak your target language. These are fantastic opportunities to explore different cultures, which I’d highly recommend doing while you’re young.
But even if you’re not able to travel, reading blogs or listening to podcasts in other languages is highly rewarding and can be a great insight into other cultures.
5. Learning an Instrument
Learning an instrument from scratch can be overwhelming, particularly if you’ve never played one before.
But playing music can be a great way to take time to yourself and relax. Few things are as satisfying as watching yourself learn and progress in your chosen instrument – the feeling of finally learning a piece that you never thought you’d be able to is hard to beat.
If there’s an instrument you’ve always wanted to know how to play – give it a shot! There are plenty of beginner level tutorials on YouTube, and if you want to take your learning a step further then you can take a paid course. It’ll be hard at first, but the more you practise the easier it’ll be come.
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These are just 5 of the best hobbies to pick up in your 20s, but of course there are hundreds of other new things you can try. I urge you to try something new and out of your comfort zone every once in a while.
If you’ve holding back from picking up a new hobby, then my advice is to just start. Pick something that interests you and give it your best shot.
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