Know what you like and en­joy

An in­ter­est, a hobby, learn­ing some­thing new - how does this help in your over­all per­son­al­ity devel­op­ment

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Samir Parikh

Be­sides be­ing in­volved in the reg­u­lar rou­tine of work and fam­ily, each one of us typ­i­cally has a set of ac­tiv­i­ties which we like to do be­cause of the im­mense plea­sure and sense of sat­is­fac­tion that they ac­cord. In most cases th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties be­come a sig­nif­i­cant source of recre­ation and many of us for­get the im­pact that they have on the devel­op­ment of our over­all per­son­al­ity. This in it­self tends to be rather pro­found which in part ex­plains the rea­son we em­pha­sise that chil­dren should en­gage in as many play and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties as pos­si­ble. While ze­ro­ing in on a plea­sur­able ac­tiv­ity, there are some things that one needs to keep in mind. Th­ese in­clude the fol­low­ing:

your­self: Know­ing your­self is an es­sen­tial first step in any case. It is only by de­vel­op­ing a good un­der­stand­ing of one’s self that one can de­ter­mine what would best suit one’s in­ter­ests, abil­i­ties, tem­per­a­ment and per­son­al­ity.

out of the box: One should have the abil­ity to be on one’s own and to do the things that one truly likes. Be­ing able to stand alone is not just a part of do­ing what is good for one’s self but is also a way of build­ing one’s self-con­fi­dence and self-re­liance.

time, and di­vide it well: Life is not all about work. It also in­volves strik­ing an in­tri­cate bal­ance be­tween recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, aca­demic in­ter­ests, and so­cial­is­ing. At times it can be dif­fi­cult to main­tain this bal­ance but a lot would de­pend upon how well one is able to dis­trib­ute and di­vide time. This needs to be based on a real­is­tic es­ti­mate of the amount of time each ac­tiv­ity re­quires and then dis­trib­ute it well.

meet peo­ple: You should try and gain as much knowl­edge, in­for­ma­tion and un­der­stand­ing as you can about your in­ter­ests. Read, talk to peo­ple, and then fig­ure out the na­ture of your in­ter­ests. With this you can al­ways be sure of hav­ing made the right de­ci­sion. It’s only when you know ex­actly what your in­ter­ests en­tail, that you can be sure about your ex­pec­ta­tions from it and can en­joy its ben­e­fits.

com­pare or eval­u­ate: Re­mem­ber, what­ever you do, do it be­cause of the joy it gives you. For­get about the ben­e­fits that may ac­crue. This is im­por­tant in mak­ing the de­ci­sion but the most vi­tal thing is the plea­sure that the ac­tiv­ity would pro­vide you with. This is about you and your hap­pi­ness and not about what oth­ers may find to be good for them.

it with peers: Share your in­ter­ests with your friends. If they like the same things as you, it will be like a dou­ble bo­nanza.


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