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Old 06-19-2012, 04:27 PM   #21
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I tend to find things to do through serendipity, waiting for something to come along kinda like Don describes.

I think us all being big readers has a lot to do with it--whenever I come across an interesting review of a book, I try to reserve it from the library right away.
Hobbies/activities are often random for me too, some just follow from earlier pursuits. I am moderately knowledgeable on wine (and enjoy in moderation) but I've never liked beer much. But I decided last Fall that maybe I needed to learn more about all the different styles, if for no other reason than to be able to order craft beers I'd like in restaurants. I read books, bought very possible style to sample, and learned a lot. Still don't care for beer, but I learned a lot and know all the styles now, and what I "like" (malty, low ABU beers, like wheat beers) and don't (IPAs & hop monsters).

I've had a bucket list since I was about 30. Just over 70 complete, with about 50 yet to be ticked off - many of these are hobbies/activities. I can think of things I want to try faster than I can complete them all!

And the library book note made me laugh, I do the same thing. I probably forgot to read books of interest in the past, but with my iPad that doesn't happen anymore. Whenever I stumble on a book I want to read, I request it at the library. If it's not available, I download a (free) sample of the book in iBooks to remind me. It stays there until I find the book. 'Ain't technology grand.'

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Old 06-19-2012, 05:00 PM   #22
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If it's not available, I download a (free) sample of the book in iBooks to remind me. It stays there until I find the book. 'Ain't technology grand.'
Aha, a new technique. Much better than calendar reminders to check the library. You can even get a pre-read to see if you really want it.

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Old 06-20-2012, 10:06 AM   #23
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You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information
Someone once dissuaded me from analyzing and thinking about things even if I enjoyed it, because it's not creating anything.

It's true I think: the highest form of enthusiasm only seems to come during creation.

Now it is more like an assigned set of duties I keep at
That happened when I tried to force myself do to a particular hobby for 60 minutes a day for 60 days. At the end I could not believe how disgusted I became with what used to be the highlight of my day.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:08 AM   #24
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I find myself randomly falling into periods where I'm extremely interested in something. Sleep deprivation effects fall away and I feel that there is no greater gift than the opportunity to live and engage in this pursuit. How can I fall into this wonderful state more often?
I have no idea. I am insatiably curious about a multitude of subjects, and in retirement found myself in this state far too often, staying awake for very long times to pursue them until I essentially keeled over from exhaustion at some random time. I have found a solution to my problem (perhaps the inverse of yours), which is setting the alarm each morning so that I know I HAVE to quit and go to bed at a specific time because I know that alarm will awaken me at 7 and I know how much sleep I need.

So, perhaps throw away your alarm clock, and arrange it so that your spouse, pets, and so on do not disturb your bouts of enthusiasm? That is all I can come up with since it is very hard for me to imagine myself experiencing your dilemma.
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I am a serial hobbyist a well. I tend to stick with a hobby for a few years before moving on, although I have a few perennial hobbies. I keep my enthusiasm up by learning new things, acquiring new skills, or discovering new places.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:30 AM   #26
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I study such diverse topics as a hobby sometimes it is almost ridiculous, but it is my hobby to learn new things, but the new things I learn must in some way enhance my needs or the knowledge base that I already have. Over the last few years my studies have been focused more my expected needs in retirement. Sometimes I actually create problems just so I can solve them (mathematical not by breaking something LOL)...

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