Yesterday morning I went to the local Farmers' Market. It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed wandering around looking at the various stalls. A scarecrow caught my eye and I photographed him. When I looked through my photos on my computer and saw him again I started to think about ways people spend their time when they are off duty.
According to The Free Dictionary 'off duty' means 'not engaged in or responsible for assigned work'. Individuals will have different ideas of what activities can be considered 'off duty' pursuits.
One person may consider renovating their home as an off duty activity while another person may not agree. I have a friend who is learning to fly a plane in her time off. She is doing this simply because she wants to be able to fly a plane, not with future employment in mind.
Everyone has a different amount of time when they consider themselves off duty. Some people are so busy they may feel they have no time off duty.
It is important to have some time off in order to achieve a balance in life. Enough time to simply relax or do things that bring you joy or make you feel fulfilled is essential for your mental health.
Things people may do when they are off duty include:
spending time with family and friends
attending a writing group
creating some form of art
skydiving, bungee jumping, parachuting
enjoying the internet
playing video games or online games
exploring or travelling
listening to music
cooking (for the fun of it)
walking the dog or playing with him/her
going to markets, garage sales or antique shops
knitting, doing crochet
doing patchwork, quilting
pottery or ceramics
sitting and watching the world go by
creating things from junk
There is an endless list of things people can do as leisure pursuits. These activities are not a waste of time but very important to achieve a work/life balance. They recharge your batteries so you are able to put more energy into your 'on duty' activities whether that be something you are paid to do or looking after the home and family.
I find this an interesting topic, that one person's leisure is another person's work. As a writer in residence at a gallery/cafe, hanging around chatting to people is my 'work', but I love to go to the same cafe anytime in my 'time off'!
Many activities could be work to one person and a form of relaxation to another or as you said, Carolyn, sometimes work and sometimes play. A musician may play music to earn money but at other times 'jam' for the fun of it.
Some activities which are fun to do when one is off duty can be a way to earn a living. However, to make enough money to live on, a person may have to put many many hours into the activity. At one time pottery was my hobby. However, the idea of making sets of mugs, plates etc to sell and to fill orders didn't appeal to me. I think it would have taken the fun out of it for me. However, there are people who are very happy to do this as a way of earning a living.