On the Importance of Having a Hobby

March 5, 2012

It’s been a while since I posted last.  But that is kind of good news because I’ve been so busy.  Working my day job then doing magic shows has become quite time consuming and very rewarding (the magic show part anyway).  I’ve got my weekly gig at the restaurant and I have shows booked every weekend for the next month.  It’s really exciting.  So, finally, magic is becoming a job for me.

A strange thing happens when your hobby becomes your job.  When you go from doing a thing just because you love it, to doing a thing just because it’s Tuesday at 5:30.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have a passion for magic, and even though it really feels more like work now than a relaxing pastime, it’s the greatest job I could hope for and I love every minute of it.  I am extremely lucky to be able to get paid for the thing I love to do most in the world.  Nevertheless, it is a job now.  It’s work.  There is a void in my life where my magic hobby used to be.  I believe that everyone needs a hobby of some kind.  Something that you can do just because you love it.  A thing you do mainly for yourself in the quite times, to relax between the stuff you have to do.

That brings me to a week and a half ago.  I was going through some old stuff in my office and I came across some old notebooks from college.  Flipping through revealed not only class notes, but also a lot of little doodles and drawings in the margins.  I’ve always liked to draw and even had a comic strip in my college paper for a few years, but I had put this activity on hold to focus on magic.  So now, here I was, needing a new hobby, and this stuff pops up and reminds me that I’ve had another hobby all along.

So, just for fun, I’ve started a separate blog where I’m going to put my little drawings.  In honor of those margin drawings that started it all, I’ve called it Eric’s Margins.  It’s just a little fun little thing to do when I need a break from my amazingly awesome and unbelievable job of magician (I still can’t believe I’m doing this for a job!).

I’m planning on posting more here in the upcoming weeks as I get more used to my new schedule.  I’ll be talking about my shows, practice, rehearsal, and even stage fright.  Also my wife and I are planning on moving in the next few months so when we do, there will be a whole new city to spread my magic to!  I also really want to do more videos, so that’s on the list too.  So many things!  I’m excited about all of it.  Thank you all for following along!

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