Ever since I was a kid who got sent to bed far earlier than I was actually prepared to sleep, I’ve had a tendency to pick up somewhat nonstandard and ultimately not very useful skills on a whim – I taught myself to juggle one-handed (poorly), while sitting on my bed in the dark using Koosh balls (remember them?); I taught myself to write left-handed, and then in the dinosaur footprint alphabet from Dinotopia and took my class notes in that for a while; I very recently did the same thing with Elvish script (though that’s rather less efficient); I’d memorize ballads and sing them to myself for hours on end, to the eternal irritation of my family… you get the idea. I have some friends who do the same sorts of things and some more who think I’m just wasting my already-limited time.
Do you have any hobbies/skills you picked up without any real intention of using (or performing) them for something? What sorts of little games, if any, do you play to keep your mind occupied in the spaces between large projects or other recreation? How do you decide whether something is worth doing or learning?
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