Although it’s sometimes nice to find yourself with a little spare time on your hands, there’s only so much Netflix binging and napping to be done before it all starts to get a bit monotonous. Yes, living your life through the exciting exploits of fictional characters is all well and good, but really, we all want to have our own stories to tell, don’t we?
That’s why we suggest that you follow in the footsteps of some of the most interesting silver screen characters around by taking up a cool and colourful hobby of your own. If you’re in need of inspiration, here’s what we suggest…
One thing we have to say for Hollywood actors is that most of them look pretty good in the saddle, whether they spend their days swanning around in westerns or play the part of down-on-their-luck jockeys like Tobey Maguire in Sea Biscuit. If you want to cut a similarly dashing figure, then maybe some riding lessons are in order. Although it’s not exactly an inexpensive pastime, equestrianism will deliver plenty of thrills, spills, and excitement, and there are few things quite as enjoyable as getting up close and personal with such gorgeously majestic animals.
Jogging is great for getting fit, but it’s hardly an exciting hobby, is it? So many people spend their days hitting the streets with their earphones in that nobody bats an eyelid when you tell them you do too, but they tend to be much more interested if you push yourself to the limit. Yes, we mean by running a marathon. Follow in the footsteps of Simon Pegg’s Run Fatboy Run character and set yourself some seriously challenging goals for the year ahead. It might be a big ask, but the upside is that you’ll have lots of amazing accomplishments to brag about in the years to come.
If you’re looking for something a little less physical to fill your days, why not follow the examples of some silver screen gambling greats? There are lots of different casino games you can try, and you don’t have to risk it all when you give them a go. Winnings are tax free! – that is, at least in Canada, thanks to legislation. That’s a a serious advantage for those with a picture perfect poker face to rival Matt Damon’s in Rounders – you don’t have to put your money on the table at all (unless you want to, of course). It’s perfectly possible to place fictional bets that you and your friends keep track of between yourselves, with the winner of your loss-free league treated to a special prize to celebrate at the end of each month.
If you’d prefer a pastime with a seriously impressive payoff, follow in the footsteps of Annie in Bridesmaids and teach yourself to cook up a storm in the kitchen. You might be wondering what’s so exciting about that, but have you ever seen the looks on your friend’s faces when someone unveils their homemade goodies and invites them to tuck in? Point made!
How will you choose to liven up your life and make your free time matter? Let us know in the comments below.