The hustle culture surrounding us can sometimes make us feel guilty for having interests or hobbies of our own, especially if it takes us away from our career or our family.

Sadly, this feeling of having to spread oneself “too thin” is true for both men and women. Many of us are at a loss as far as how to communicate about it in order to find a solution.

If you feel guilty for having interests or hobbies of your own, it’s important to realize that well-rounded people have more than one passion, don’t see non-money-making tasks as unproductive, and recognize the benefits of having more than one interest.

You’re Not Obligated to One Passion

Over a lifetime, one person can have hundreds of passion projects and learning experiences related to having and developing interests and hobbies outside of their immediate job, family, or social circle.

While you may not want to pursue too many hobbies at once due to finances and time, you don’t have to stick to just one, and you don’t have to stick to one your entire lifetime. It’s okay to pursue one interest for a few months or years and then drop it for a while to do something else.

You Don’t Owe Anyone “Productivity”

One issue that comes up for some people who want to pursue a hobby or an interest that is new to them is that they start to feel as if they’re not productive enough. But here is the thing, your entire life is not about productivity. Sometimes your life is just about being and doing something you enjoy. There is value in doing things outside of building relationships, making money, and being consistent.

Redefine productivity in your mind to do anything beneficial for yourself, not just for others, and not just to pad your bank account. You don’t need to monetize every interest or hobby to make them worthwhile in your eyes or someone else’s.

The value of the hobby or interest may be intangible or something you can name. But the main thing that a hobby or interest needs to be is something you like to do that fills you with contentment and not something that adds stress to your life.

There Are Many Benefits to Having More Interests

Every interest or hobby you have offers benefits outside of what most people see as valuable. For example, a hobby or interest costs money and does not make money, and for some people may feel as if it’s wasteful.

However, if you have the budget for the hobby and the time for the hobby, and that hobby makes you feel good, the benefits it offers to help you build your self-esteem, feel more confident, and learn new things are also important.

Having interests and hobbies outside of what you are doing now is a great thing to do if you have the time and the budget to do it. However, if you don’t want to do these things, find a way to generate the income and free up the time to make it happen. You’ll soon find that the benefits far exceed the costs.

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