I used to be a competitive swimmer on the USA senior national level circuit. I swam distance events. Swimming took up all my free time for the majority of my childhood, but a slew of shoulder injuries, leading to years of surgeries, ended my career at 15. I was really frustrated about
that for a long time, as I think I would have made it to Olympic trials if I hadn't gotten injured (not the Olympic team -- I wasn't THAT good, but I was certainly good enough to at least have made the trial event). Instead I got to watch several of my friends swim at trials, and a couple even made the team for relay events.
I also used to horseback ride a lot. Growing up, my neighbors had horses & I used to care for & ride them, until they died. They were like my own horses. I really just like to ride for fun -- go out in the woods/fields and hack. I did compete for a semester in college, but I didn't like other girls on the team & it all seemed so political. It's one of my life's goals to have my own horses one day. I haven't ridden now for 3 years. Not since "my" horse died. I really miss it & him.
I also used to play flute & piccolo, but had to give that up after my shoulder injuries (to this day, it hurts me to hold the instruments up to play). A couple times a year I take them out & fool around for an hour or two, but that's all my shoulders can take.
I also used to read a lot too, but I can't do that with my eyes now.
As for right now. I don't really have any hobbies (didn't have time when I was in school). My dogs, I guess. I like to go hiking with them. I also like to go skiing when it snows (both cross-country & esp downhill), but because of school, I haven't gone at all in the past 3-4 years.
Hopefully now that I am taking a year off from school, I'll be able to develop some hobbies again.
Post Edited (skeye) : 9/23/2010 6:31:43 PM (GMT-6)