If and when TS does HTF and we’re stuck without all of our electronic gizmos to keep us entertained or the mainstream media telling us what to think, have you ever wondered what it is you’d do in your spare time? Granted, there may not be a whole lot of spare time at first, but as things even out I suspect you and your family will find yourself with time on your hands – especially in the evenings in that magical hour or two before bed time.
That got me thinking about some of the things I like to do that might be productive as well. I like to play guitar – mostly acoustic, although I haven’t done much lately and have forgotten quite a few of the songs I once knew how to play, but it wouldn’t take much to get back into it. I like playing and my father and I will take turns passing the guitar back and forth when we have our outside fires. Not that I’d ever be mistaken for a professional or that I’ve had people calling me up asking me to be in their band mind you. It’s just something I like to do. I find that most people who can’t play an instrument are very forgiving of the wrong chord or something not being played just right. As long as it sounds somewhat like the song they’re happy.
Another thing I like to do that doesn’t require electricity is drawing. Again, I’ll never draw a masterpiece, but I
do enjoy the process and if the picture is recognizable as the subject that impresses people too. You don’t have to have mad skills in order to make people smile, but this is something that takes up a lot of time. I average about eight hours for a portrait and that’s a lot of your life to put into something. (Picture here is of my son sleeping with his hat on. Sorry for the poor quality photo – the white spot is light from my camera.)
Reading is another thing I enjoy although I’m not sure it can be considered a hobby. But a lot of folks out there enjoy it and have libraries, so I thought I’d throw it in here.
I also like to write and writing for this blog is a great relief valve for that particular itch, but it can take time as well. Now that Calamity Jane is on board I can enjoy the process more instead of wracking my brain and trying to hit three deadlines a week. (I can’t imagine how Ranger Man did it by himself full time for a year. Talk about burnout!)
Another area I haven’t had much time for lately is honing my outdoor skills. Having kids and a full time job can make it hard to get out there sometimes, but as much as possible I like to get out to my lean-to whenever I can. Any dirt time beats none at all.
I think that these hobbies could have some potential use after a SHTF event – if for nothing more than entertainment.
How about it? Do you have any hobbies or fun things you like to do when you’re not prepping, working, or with your family?
Sound off below!