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I’m not a crafty person.
I can barely sew, I can’t draw and I can’t even cut in a straight line. I don’t have the patience to knit, I can’t fold very well (although Ben and I once folded a thousand paper cranes – half of mine looked like turkeys) and I don’t have a mind for music.
We play Mythic from time to time (a free association role playing game) and I’ve been known to LARP (Live Action Role Play), but as of right now I don’t do either with enough frequency to call it a hobby.
So really, when it came to the question of my ‘secret hobby’ for today’s post, I had little to offer up from the depths. Right now I work a lot, write a lot, make videos and watch TV when we can fit it in. But none of those things are hobbies particularly, so what would I call my hobbies?
The first is walking. I love walking. I love walking because it often leads to adventuring. When I was traveling I hitchhiked a lot and the thing about hitchhiking is that it’s hard to do it in the city. So I’d get dropped off at one end of a city and then I’d have to walk to the other end to keep on going. With a heavy traveling pack, this was not the most fun, but it fostered a love for walking that I still carry with me. When you’re walking you get to see things you never would have in a car or on the transit. It forces you to look around at the world and offers you the opportunity to take a different path. I’ve always loved the idea of a walkabout and sometimes the most liberating thing in the world is to just pick a direction and walk. Walking allows you to think and breathe and explore. Ben and I walk whenever we can and our most recent claim to fame is walking straight across the city from the Beaches to Etobicoke. 25km in 5 hours. We learned we walk 5km an hour, very satisfying.
The second is fashion. I don’t mean to say I am some sort of Dolche & Gabanna wearing fashionista. Goodness no. Like walking, I like fashion because it allows me to take a different path. When I was a kid my Mom dressed me. I was made to wear these flowery, lacy atrocities that still make me shudder to this day, but occasionally she’d put me in something cool. My overalls in kindergarten, my Peter Pan outfit in grade three, once I had shoes that had a pocket in the tongue and I was in heaven (I would put pennies in the pocket and call it treasure). I remember my fashion liberation well, it was grade seven and I went downtown for school and lucky for me, my school was right beside kensington market. From there it was vintage tops and rainbow tights. I discovered sparkles and ox blood doc martins and hair dye. My graduation dress in grade 8 was a bright blue number and I dyed my hair a shocking orange to accompany it. From there my love for cool clothes grew. Now I have wings on my shoes, a bin full of striped tights and tutus and a handful of adorable dresses which I refer to as ‘clown chic’. My inspirations are the circus and the world of fairies and the names of my favorite clothing stores involve the word ‘fairy’ or ‘cyber’.
I guess there’s a theme to the things I like: liberation. I like being free to think and act and do what I want. I like making choices for myself and forging my own path. So whether on foot or in fashion I would definitely say my not so secret hobby is being free.
What about you? What do you love?