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Where do the things you spend your time on come from?

Asked by 6rant6 (13609 points ) March 1st, 2011

Some enthusiasms we pick up as kids and never put down. Some activities we discover in our teens. For some of us, work takes us in directions we hadn’t anticipated. I hear some people find their true passion after retiring.

Do you spend more energy on things that you started doing in the first half of your life, or do you spend more energy on things that you started doing in the second half of your life? For example, if you’re 40, did you start doing what you are doing before or after 20?

Are the things that give you the most pleasure from the first half, or second?

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cruiser2's avatar

I still love the outdoors, cooking, music and swimming all stuff I did as a kid.

Prosb's avatar

I still read, enjoy board and video games, and listen to music similar (for the most part) to music I liked as a kid.

babybadger's avatar

I still swim, and am striving to be a lifeguard – I started swim classes when I was 6 months old.
I am a huge reader, love animals, etc…from my youngest years.
I listen to the Beatles and Bon Jovi, as my parents played for me when I was a baby, still when I have trouble falling asleep.
I’d say the first half of my life. This might not be what you’re looking for though, since I’m only in 9th grade :P

wundayatta's avatar

Mostly I spend my time trying to communicate with people, and share my ideas. I’ve been doing that since I was in high school, I think. Mostly I use a computer to help me analyze data and create presentations that effectively communicate to others. I got my first PC when I was 22 or 23—before IBM ever came out with a pc.

I started playing trumpet when I was 8. I started being a lover when I was 20. I started dancing in college (nothing formal, but a lot of dancing).

As far as I can tell, everything I’m interested in started a long time ago, in the first two decades of my life. I like diving (off a diving board), and I’ve learned some new dives in the past few years, but my interest started when I was a kid. I’ve learned some new skating jumps after the age of 50, but I learned to skate when I was 15. They played “Eleanor RIgby” about ten times an hour.

I love the things I love, and it seems I have loved them since I was a child. How strange. Nothing comes to mind when I try to think of something I wasn’t interested in as a child that I am now interested in.

This is really weird. I’ll be interested in seeing whether others have come to something completely new later in life.

12Oaks's avatar

After 20, though there a a few carry-overs, and some rediscoveries.

Haleth's avatar

The #1 thing I do with free time is reading, but I’ve been that way since I was a little kid. In school I used to walk around with my nose in a book and hide a book under the desk and read during class. Now if I start reading a new book, I can’t put it down. I’ll carry it around in my purse and read anywhere- on the train, on vacation, during my break at work, etc. One thing that frustrates me about driving is that I lose all the reading time I had when I took public transit. Then again, I can drive with the windows down and sing in the car now.

Second to reading: sitting around drinking lots of wine and snarking about pop culture. That definitely came from college.

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