Forget the Haters and Follow Your Bliss
My husband left me.
Early Wednesday morning he boarded a plane for Dallas where he would spend five days with other like minded souls strategizing, risk taking, and generally geeking out with board games.
That's right, my husband is a hard-core gamer. As you can tell from the picture above, he's not alone. That room is filled with geeks of all shapes and sizes who descended upon Dallas to get their board gaming fix. If you look closely, you'll see there are women there as well, this is not a men-only hobby. Which I think is awesome.
While I will play the occasional game with him, I don't necessarily share David's love of all things board gaming, but I fully support and encourage him to go to conventions like BGGCon (that's short for Board Game Geek, you can check out their website here for way more gaming stuff).
I don't begrudge David his hobby because, well, writing was a hobby for me for many years before I got serious about it and finished a manuscript. When David was younger, his hobby was writing code for video games and that led to his dream job at Rockstar. A hobby isn't always just a hobby.
It's interesting to me the reactions I get from people when I tell them David is into board gaming. They almost always equate the board games with what they know ~ Sorry, Monopoly, Candy Land, but the games David and his friends play are intense. Some take several hours to complete and others have rule books as thick as a novella!
Board gaming isn't for everyone. I get it. But I love that David is doing something he enjoys despite what others think of it.
Some people are into thrilling sports, like Susie Lindau. She is always skiing or bike riding, or doing things that make my heart flutter like a hummingbird. But she loves it and I love reading about her adventures. Others are photographers in their spare time, like Amber West. When she's not being a super fabulous mom, she's writing books and taking amazing pictures. Guess what? Her book is out TODAY! Hop on over to her blog and check it out. And still others are super crafty, like Robyn Hood Black, who was featured on Julie Hedlund's blog this week. She hangs out with wolves and in her spare time makes gorgeous writing related items for sale on Etsy. By the way, Julie put together a trip to Italy just for women writers. If you haven't read about the retreat yet, be sure to stop by her blog and get the info.
Remember on Tuesday when we talked about Being Amazing With A Little Swagger? This post is sort of a follow up to that advice. Take that confidence into every aspect of your life, whether it be your job, your marriage, your hobby. Forget about the haters who don't ‘get' what you're doing and follow your bliss!
Sure, some people may think David and his friends are weird for wanting to play board games. I think people who jump out of airplanes are weird! Seriously. Making stuff up and putting it on paper is a little weird, if you really think about it. We're all weird. Which is what makes us all super cool.
I'm glad my husband left me. He's following his bliss.
When I see him on Sunday I expect he'll be tired, perhaps a bit scruffy, but happy. He'll be in the afterglow of the convention and inspired by all the creativity he was surrounded with all weekend. And who knows what will come of that inspiration. Perhaps a board game of his own design, or something else. You just never know and that's a pretty cool thing.
What's something you do that people think is kind of weird? Got any cool hobbies like Robyn's that you can profit from? When you were young was there a hobby you had that led to a career? What's your favorite hobby now?