I played Badminton for a while, once a week, with friends – nothing competitive or serious. I am significantly worse than them, a true amateur really so I didn’t take seriously but it was lots of fun and a nice social activity. They then decided it was more challenging and exciting for them to go to a club instead of booking a court because that way they can play with a bigger variety of players. I gave that a go for the first time as well, but it just wasn’t for me, so I didn’t go again. This was about the same time as I got started on my beekeeping.
Today, I was having a chat with one of the guys from that group and he asked me how much honey I make per day. This was over chat so I am assuming he was joking a little bit when he said “per day”, right…? Anyway, so I replied that in fact I am (LOL) making none and that I might collect some in September, if I am lucky.
To which his response was: “Why do you do it then?”
For those people out there who have forgotten the meaning of a hobby, this is the definition from the Oxford Dictionary of English:
An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.Example: ‘her hobbies are reading and gardening’pastime, leisure activity, leisure pursuit, leisure interest, amateur interest, sideline, diversion, avocation, divertissement, enthusiasm
I don’t do it because it’s my job – it’s not.
I don’t do it because of the promise of honey or money.
I don’t do it because of an environmental guilt.
I don’t do it because someone told me to.
I do it because it interests me.
I do it because it makes me feel good.
I do it because it’s my diversion.
I do it because I am also a beekeeper.