There is a scant little discussion on developing hobbies on both this sub, and on the r/RPChristians sub so I'm going to go over what's been helpful for me, and why it should matter to you:
Why Hobbies Matter
- If you don't do what you want to do, you're always going to end up doing what someone else wants you to do. Having good hobbies is a way to maintain your own frame.
- Hobbies are distinct from your mission, but they can certainly support it.
- Attractive men stand out from the crowd. They don't blur in with it. Establishing hobbies that reflect who you are give you an outlet for bold expressions of passion that do for your character what peacocking does for your attire.
- It's just fun. What's the point of being "red" or "blue”, “Alpha” or "omega" or whatever if you're not enjoying life?
Identifying Hobbies that are Worthwhile
There is a difference between a hobby and a chore/work event if the activities are the same. If you use working out as a means of maintaining health and nothing more, consider it work. However if you are bodybuilding, getting bigger better and stronger, etc. This is a hobby. Part of being a man is to stay fit, but not necessarily to be a body builder.
Do not limit yourself to only one or two hobbies - especially if you are very very passionate about them. I generally prescribe 3 or more to people. These are not things you have to be constantly working on. You could take a break for a month then come back to it. (For example, if it only snows for 4 mos. a year but you love snowboarding/skiing.) Limiting yourself to a few high passion hobbies can lead to pedistalization of those hobbies, and just like doing it to women, it will But that they exist on the back-burner to be worked on when you have free time. Hobbies are major identity pieces, and just like women you can pedistalize a hobby.
The 5 primary categories of Hobbies.
1) Physical Activity/Health ex. Weight lifting.
2) Financial Gain ex. Picking up scrap metals and selling them.
3) Artistic Expression ex. Cooking, art, music.
4) Social Exposure/Networking ex. Volunteering.
5) High Mental Stimulation ex. Reading, taking classes.
While you can ultimately do what you want with your hobbies, I've found that maintaining balance in my life has been of great benefit. So, here's my model. Out of your 3+ hobbies, all 5 categories should be exhibited. Of those 3 each hobby needs to be a combination of at least 2 of these. If you have a hobby that is only 1 it either needs to be developed, or is a waste of time. For example, if you are an artist who never does anything with your art, either get involved in the art scene, sell commissions, or stop. Analyze your hobbies, can you confidently say they are all more than one?
Tips and Tricks:
There are a number of places online and offline that can be resources for upping your 'hobby game'. Search for Facebook communities or events and go to them. They are worth the extra $20.00 to go to the event. Joining a club or organization. Finding peers is essential to steady progress.
Plan Your Schedule
Be deliberate about your time spent, everything needs a beginning point AND an end point. If you do not have a daily calendar yet, get one. Schedule time for working on your hobby. If you need to shop for supplies, or seek out some kind of inspiration. Give a time limit. Still not inspired? Oh well, start practicing anyway.
Seeking a Teacher
This last part is a no brainer, but seems to be misunderstood once people get out of their college age. Seek someone more experienced then than you - actively seek them out. Of the three, my guess is most of you will grow quickest from this. How do you find a teacher? By joining those forums and watch for the men who are succeeding the most. Ask them if they can help you out. Altruism is related closely to ego, and there is no short supply of that. Take advantage of it!
I have found that the more proficient I am at a hobby, the more I enjoy it. The nuances that I didn't notice before become alive and help me appreciate not only my own effort in what I'm doing, but also even observing other people who share the same hobby, making it easier to utilize hobbies for greater social development, intellectual stimulation, or any other one of those facets I described above. To that end, one way of developing a hobby is to expand the scope or depth of how you're utilizing it, preferably in a way that adds one of those new facets to your practice of it.
Take cooking, for example. It starts off as "artistic expression." You make some food fancy for yourself because you watched Brad from BA make a pantry sandwich. Good job. Now you're interested so you start learning about abstract food - molecular gastronomy, or traditional French cooking like cooking butter in butter or something. And Damn it tastes good. So you invite some friends over to try it. They loved it or hated it, so now you have to improve. You go to a class on cooking and learn knife skills, and wow you didn't cut yourself. Now you're going to the farmers market because rutabaga or some other disgusting vegetable is in season and the hot woman running the business is impressed because "Wow, you shop farm to table?" Yeah unlike all of your friends who still by Green Giant frozen peas. You realize that all this food has made your waist grow by 2 inches, so how do I make healthy food taste good? Now it's contributing to your workouts. Seriously how do I get 150 grams of protein a day? Your coworker notices your food prep looks bomb AF. You offer to make twice as much and prep for them if they pay you. (Now you're making money for something you were spending money on.) Now you can move out of your mom's basement. Great job, killer.
Get the picture?
"But Praex, what does this have to do with RedPill?"
A man without hobbies is an aimless man, at much higher risk of pedestalizing his wife and kids. You have to know what YOU enjoy doing before it makes sense to ask anyone else to join you in doing them. More to the point: if you don't have things you enjoy doing apart from your family, you will end up becoming co-dependent on them for satisfaction and fulfillment in life, which will give them power over you. Find things to do apart from them to bolster in your own mind that you are independently stable, which will make you more attractive.
Hobbies are also an area where a man can find something to strive for. The male drive for improvement is extremely powerful and should be fostered whenever it can. A lack of hobbies forces men to be very narrow in those things which they can build up, which can increase the risk of becoming a workaholic who doesn't know how to have fun or the guy who becomes co-dependent on his wife. Too many hobbies can, of course, spread a man's efforts too thin so that he never becomes truly excellent and admirable at anything. Find a balance and live in that balance.
Then there's dread. If your wife is the only person you go to when you want to have fun and relax, it means you're not out in the world away from her. She always has tabs on you and feels more complete in her knowledge of you. The mystery is gone. By learning how to leave your home for a hobby here and there, even if she knows what you're doing, she doesn't actually see it - and who knows if you're actually doing what you said you're doing? The goal here isn't to make her jealous. But there's value in her realizing that she doesn't have you all figured out - that there are parts of your life that extend beyond her. This also has great value in establishing a precedent that she isn't pedestalized in your life. While this can make her more drawn to you (because women love to know about "EVERYTHING" in their man's life), it's more significant for YOU that you know you can be fine independent of your family. This breaks the co-dependence, increases dread, and ultimately makes you more attractive and stable as a man ... not to mention that you learn to have more fun out of life!
Labeling your hobbies under a few of those 5 categories can help give you purpose and focus to a hobby. In regards to Redpill it will give you opportunities to test out the material you are suppose to be internalizing.(For my RPC brothers) it is essential to have focused hobbies, as this allows you to use them as a means for furthering your mission and growing your sphere of (Godly) influence. Passive hobbies like uninspired television watching doesn't add to those around you, nor does it paint you with the image of a purpose driven man. If you're going to engage in a passive, non-social hobby, like watching television, make sure you think long and hard about how you intend to redeem it - and then ACTUALLY do so. If you say you're going to watch a TV show to connect with other people who watch the same show, what effort are you actually going to take to find those people? Do you already know anyone? Are you going to use the show to build the relationship and ACTUALLY share the Gospel with them through that relationship, or are you just going to have another friend and move on? If you have to change a hobby to be more involved in it, to develop e it into something that challenges you more, there will be more opportunity to influence others and to lead them.
Now, share some of your hobbies here and why you do them. Let the guys without hobbies be inspired by the things that keep you amused so they can learn from you and be inspired to figure out who they are and what they enjoy as men.