How I Combined Five Interests for an Awesome Experience
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Lately I’ve noticed that some of my activities encompass two or more of my interests. Since I tend to be task-oriented, I appreciate being able to tick off lots of boxes, even if they’re only in my head.
But what’s more exciting is that the process of combining passions leads to a more satisfying experience. I’m going to share a recent example and hope it might inspire some ways you can combine your interests.
Interest #1: Stepping Away from My Desk
I love my work, so it’s often a challenge just to get away from my desk. While looking for activities that might spark my interest, I joined a couple of walking tours through the Lady Hamilton Club in 2019. It was fun to explore and learn about the history of the city where I’ve lived for nearly half my life.
Interest #2: Reading
During lockdown, it was hard to get hold of books, so I finally picked up one I’d brought home months earlier when the pickings were slim at my neighbourhood Free Little Library.
That book was The Good Doctor, by Vince Agro. Nothing to do with The Good Doctor on TV, it's a semi-autobiographical novel set in Hamilton’s Italian community during World War II. I wasn’t familiar with the part of the city where the story takes place, but thought I might like to explore the area on foot some time.
Interest #3: Local History
Inspired by the walking tours I’d taken, last winter I did a Google search for addresses and building names which were prominent in the book, copying and pasting my findings into OneNote.
Interest #4: Technology
This spring, I entered each location into Google Maps and saved them to a list I created, along with a brief blurb about their significance. Once they were all marked on the map, I removed those that were far away from the others, then sorted the list to form my tour.
Interest #5: Photography
A friend and I set out to take my tour one recent morning, and with the map and my notes right on my phone, I was able to play tour guide very nicely!
The weather was perfect for capturing the historic buildings.
Conclusion and a Question
Would you like to take my walking tour yourself? Or see how I did it so you can create your own? Check it out!
I don’t remember a time when so many of my interests combined to make a fascinating project! Until it was finished, I hadn’t even thought of it as a project – I was just doing things I enjoy.
Have you ever had a similar experience?
All photos © Janet Barclay
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