Having dinner with friends the other night, the conversation meandered to activities that nurture our creativity. One friend is a retired engineer, but late in life he began art classes. He discovered he has a talent for painting, and he said, “Art feeds my soul.” He spoke passionately about the significance of having a creative outlet in his life. Another friend is a retired physician who is an avid Bridge player, cyclist, and skilled amateur pianist and guitarist. These passions have become integral to both friends’ worlds — as essential to their well-being as water and food. Other friends are passionate about their avocations, too, including art, music, writing, flying, cooking, knitting and other pursuits.
What feeds your soul? How do you make time for these hobbies and interests? Did you develop these interests later in life? What advice and encouragement would you give to others who might be deferring pursuit of their hobbies, passions and interests because of jobs, families and other duties? Please share your inspirational “pep talk.”