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How to ditch your hobby

Sometimes it just doesn’t work out.  Perhaps it was ill-conceived to begin with (skydiving to get over your fear of heights) or it wasn’t quite what you expected (quilting as a bloodsport) but for whatever reason, it’s just not working out.  This is how to ditch your hobby.

  1. Be sure that the hobby isn’t for you and it’s not just that you don’t like your instructor/situation/new friends.  Like anything, try try again.
  2. If you want to keep your new friends, try to figure out what else you have in common.  If you don’t like knitting but do like going out to the movies, try asking them to go with you.  Establish these relationships before the next step.
  3. Admit that you made a mistake and think of how you’ll be explaining this to your friends.  You don’t have enough time.  You realized you don’t look good in shiny Lycra.  The guy in the third row kept passing you disturbing notes with stick-figures.  Be aware that sometimes, losing the hobby means losing the people.
  4. Sell whatever you purchased for said hobby.  No point in keeping your flippers and mask if you’ll never be snorkeling again.  If the shop you bought it from won’t take it back then list it on a re-selling website.
  5. Get a new hobby.  Giving up a hobby is not grounds for sloth and boredom.
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