I saw a tweet on Twitter the other day that I identified with. The tweet said they were sick of adults saying to grow up and give up hobbies that are deemed as juvenile such as video games, comics, collecting toys, or cosplay. The second half of the tweet mentioned how it’s ironic because it’s usually into our 20s and 30s that we can afford to invest in our hobbies. This is so true! I have a rad comic collection because I can afford to keep a pull list at my comic book store. I wanted to talk about how as I’m getting older, I have no plans to grow up.
When I was in middle school, my friend and I were still playing with My Little Ponies. We were made fun of although my friend was targeted more for other reasons. I think of how silly this is now because there are Bronies, or male fans of the My Little Pony TV show. While My Little Ponies always remind me of my childhood, I’m still a toy collector. I have a few Funkos including my Percy Funko from Critical Role Vox Machina, and I have superhero figures on my DC comics shelf.
One of the more expensive hobbies I have is cosplay. Cosplay can be extremely expensive with the accessories, and if there are any weapons associated with that cosplay. I’m finding that being in my late 20s and being further along in my career, I finally have the money to start investing in more well-built cosplays. Besides cosplay, I can now afford to travel to conventions out of state. This has been a fun experience being an adult because I can explore a new city and attend a convention. It’s the best of both worlds. While I wish I could travel on a monthly basis, I need hobbies that help me find joy in my daily life.
Fortunately, I have had many adult role models exemplifying this message. My mom has Twilight posters all throughout her house. My mom read the Twilight books while I was in college and absolutely loved them. My uncle is still a big gamer, he has a Star Wars X-Wing collection and still plays the game on a regular basis. One of my best friends, her mom still goes to the Renaissance Festival and I occasionally see her at Convergence when I would go. I have never been made to feel ashamed by anyone close to me about being who I am and having my hobbies.
This post is a reminder to have no shame about the hobbies carried into adulthood. Life is so precious, so find hobbies that make yourself happy, not to please anyone else.