It happens a lot.
It’s a default piece of small talk and an opening social gambit.
When meeting someone new, you are invariably asked:
Our job, or the work we do, comprises part of our identity. When it comes to hobbies or the leisure activities, it is similarly topical to ask such things, when getting to know someone.
I don’t know about you, but many Australians are self-deprecating concerning the value of their hobbies and their proficiency. They’ll answer a question enquiring about their talents or leisure pursuits in a very casual and imprecise way:
Oh – I play a little guitar /I paint a little. Or, I do a bit of fishing/play footy/ride around motorbikes etc.
Satisfaction and Enjoyment
When an archeologist praised a young Kurt Vonnegut for replying that he played musical instruments and was in the school choir and theatre, Kurt responded as most teens do: devaluing his abilities saying he was no good at ANY of them.
The wise archeologist told Kurt something that changed his whole mindset:
“I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.” [honeycopy.com]
Should we try new activities with the intention of perfecting them? Or simply because they are enjoyable?
Do you give up if you don’t like or cannot do an activity well enough?
Do you lose interest and perhaps move on to something else?
I wonder if we gain satisfaction and fun in the completion of a task/project/creation or during the act of doing/creating that thing?
For me, it depends on the project.
The doing and the completion might both give me satisfaction in different ways. There is a certain amount of exhilaration in completion – a feeling of accomplishment. If it is a really pleasurable activity, there may even be disappointment that it is over.
That being said, those of us with a strong sense of needing to excel at something, need things to be perfect, or they are considered worthless. As blogger Margiran alluded some parents might be apt to do in regards to their children.
If it is your work/hobby, it’s a piece of you, along with all its potential imperfections and individual beauty. If it makes you happy in the doing, where is the problem with anything less than perfect?
As Margiran posted our hobbies are not meant to be stressful. Enjoy them no matter your skill level.
For it is the act of creating or doing that thing that we grow, learn and make connections in our brain, no matter our age.
Do you feel enjoyment and an endorphin release upon a sense of creation or productive pursuit or achievement?
Artificial Intelligence and the Creative Arts in the Future
Artificial Intelligence is carving out a new direction in creative pursuits.
Not only can you get a chatbot to write you a blog post, article, story or book, you can generate any kind of image from words (text) using free software through popular apps, such as Canva. Generally it is sub par quality compared to human endeavour.
But in time, will the quality improve?
Will graphic designers, artists and we as writers fade into obscurity in time?
I do hope not.