You Don’t Have to Be Good at Your Hobbies. Here’s Why

By Claire Gillespie
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
November 16, 2022

Think it’s too late to take up paddleboarding, or learn a new language, or turn your hand to fan fiction? Think again. Any time in life is a good time to throw yourself into a new hobby. And as a bonus, physical and mental stimulation may help ward off cognitive decline as we age.

Here’s the best part: You can do anything you want to do, whether you’re good at it or not.

Why It’s Good to Be ‘Bad’ at Things

It's common for people to want to take up a hobby like crocheting or bowling but feel discouraged that they're not making Etsy-worthy hats and mittens or scoring strikes right away.