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Korey Norris

College Composition

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HOBBIES ARE FUN

I have had many hobbies through out my life, snowboarding, mountain biking,
rock climbing in Arizona, hiking, camping. It seems the older I get though the less time

and money, I have to do these fun activities. So what’s the deal, why do we

feel the need to pursue these avenues? Because it’s entertaining, it lets us forget about all

our responsibilities, it lets us become that kid without a care in the world again. We are

having fun! Sometimes we get so caught up in everyday life we forget how to relax. How

to have fun.

Why do we need hobbies? Speaking from personal experience, I need to escape

the everyday grind of life. Without getting to philosophical, why are we all here? Why

do we go to work and pay bills and put ourselves through all that monotonous, mundane

stuff. Well, we all want to be comfortable, as comfortable as we possibly can. It seems

the more money we make though the more money we spend, it’s a vicious cycle. It can

be so boring sometimes. Some people can take there hobbies and personal interest and

turned them into careers. Most of us are not that lucky though.

Hobbies are just an escape. Just to get away from the bills, the homework, the

boss, the dirty clothes you keep putting off, the dirty dishes in the sink. Even if it’s a 45

minute episode of your favorite show on Netflix. A good book. Playing a video game

with your kids. Just to switch your brain off for awhile, it can be very good for your

sanity.

One thing I have always enjoyed doing is working with my hands.

I have always been interested in how things work, how things are put together, and

how I can fix something when it breaks. I think I first noticed this when I was 10 years

old. My father bought me a pretty high end remote controlled off road dune buggy. The

car came in pieces in a box and at first you had to assemble it. It had to be hand painted

and had great graphics that needed to be applied. My father and I would take this out to a

dirt track where they held amateur races, with all different classes of remote controlled

vehicles. I would race frequently, never the greatest driver though. I was very proud of

my car, this was the product of my craftsmanship and my hard work. It gave me such a

good sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that I had built it. I don’t know if I had

felt this feeling so strongly before.

Every time we would go race my car, the first thing I did when I got home

was completely disassemble the car clean, lubricate, and do any repairs needed. At

first my dad was a little hesitant. But once I proved to him that I was capable of doing

this by myself he allowed it. It had interchangeable motors and tires and suspension.

There was so much you could do to this little car. Looking back I had way more

fun tinkering on that little car than I did driving it.

When I first started driving when I was sixteen, I had the sweetest ride around.

No, not really. I had a 500 dollar car that could barely get me from point A to point B.

So I learned how to repair and improve my car, not only out of necessity, but because

there was that sense of satisfaction again, when I fixed a problem. All through life I have

been very curious about “How to.” I have taught myself auto mechanics, welding, carpentry, fiberglass application, black smithing, and more. I truly love to create! I am

very creative in the kitchen too.

I believe that this passion for creating and constructing lead me to pursue a field

in construction. I wanted to enjoy my work, “Have Fun.” I wish it were that easy. I

thoroughly enjoyed construction… most of the time. But sometimes if we end up

working in the field that we enjoy so much, it turns into a chore and it is not nearly as...
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