Once I got this John Piper book for free and I read it even though I’m pretty sure John Piper is like, Vice Satan. He talked about this old couple that was in retirement in Florida and they go on a walk every night and collect shells. Way cute right? Except Old Man Piper points out that at some point they are going to die and then what do they have to say their life was about? “Look at these cute shells I found!” If we can separate the baby from the bathwater for a sec, I have to say that this story haunted me. Whenever I see people with hobbies like scrapbooking or soap-making I just feel like it’s such a distraction and they’re gonna die and be like oh well, at least I made some cute stuff!
No one knows what life is “about,” but I believe you are supposed to try to find out. Or do something good while you whittle away the time until you die. This is true without regard to whether there is an afterlife, deity, whatever because there is a difference between truth-seeking and distraction.
You might think using Tumblr or even writing blogs at all falls into this category. I think it does maybe if you’re a meme-swallowing blog that exclusively reblogs gifs or “ironic” infographics or something. But I think things like writing, music, reading, whatever actually are doing something good or your personal working out of what is good and how you will do it. That’s valuable.
I’m reading too much into this, but that’s what I do. It’s probably fine to have hobbies. I plan to get really wrapped up in March Madness and that doesn’t really do anything for anyone does it?