Is It Too Late To Take Up a Hobby?


Posted on: September 25th, 2020 by | No Comments

One of the paradoxes of 21st-century life is that even though our state-of-the-art technology is supposed to help us accomplish more, millions of people feel like they don’t have enough time in the day. Perhaps being so “connected” has convinced us that we’re always busy – when in fact we have more time than we think. So why not use that time to take up a hobby or two at NewAldaya Lifescapes?


A Hobby Can Help You Feel More Productive

To paraphrase Parkinson’s law, a project takes as much time as you allow for it. In other words, procrastinating on something we aren’t excited to complete – studying for a test, answering work emails, etc. – can keep us up until late at night and leave us feeling unfulfilled. On the flipside are projects we look forward to working on, like hobbies. Because we dig into these faster and with more zeal, we finish them faster. Hence, we feel that we have more time simply because of our heightened sense of engagement and efficiency.


A Hobby Can Expand Your Social Circle

Retirement living communities like NewAldaya Lifescapes offer a near-endless amount of social opportunities. Many of the activities we offer are considered hobbies – some of which are solitary endeavors and others that are more community-based. In the latter case, a communal hobby is an excellent way to expand your social circle. You’ll meet people you otherwise would have never met, share your passions, and form new bonds. Hobbies are integral to the widely-held belief that social connection is a key contributor to happiness and a meaningful life.


Three Famous People Who Blossomed Later In Life

Grandma Moses

Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, one of the best-known names in American fine arts, didn’t pick up a paintbrush until age 76. She lived another 25 years as a painter, and many of her works are today found in museums nationwide. In 2006 her painting The Sugaring Off sold for over a million dollars. 

Julia Child

When her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was published in 1961, Julia Child was 49 years old. Two years later her televised cooking show premiered, and by late 1965 it was aired on 96 PBS stations. In 1966 she won an Emmy Award and appeared on the cover of Time magazine.

Harlan David “Colonel” Sanders

In his “pre-chicken” life, Colonel Sanders had a variety of jobs, including insurance salesman, farmer, and steamboat pilot. It wasn’t until age 40 that he began developing his signature way of pressure-frying chicken, and it would be 25 more years before Kentucky Fried Chicken was born. Today, there are more than 20,000 KFC locations across 109 countries.

It’s Never Too Late To Take Up a Hobby

NewAldaya Lifescapes is one of the most vibrant senior retirement communities in Iowa. Our residents come from all walks of life, and many of them will tell you that setting aside an hour a day or a few hours a week for a hobby is a surefire way to feel enlivened, inspired, and fulfilled.