Unseen Passage: Creativity and Hobbies

While we may not all possess the ability to paint the Mona Lisa, compose like Mozart, cook like Julia Child, or write like Hemingway, every human being is born with a special talent. Some people are able to find and learn to express their talents early on while others might discover them later in life. We are all creative beings, and creative beings need to create as much as we need to eat, breathe and sleep. Creativity has different meaning for different people and unfortunately, due to many factors (one’s upbringing, religion, busy schedule, et cetera), that creativity is often stifled. Its importance is not valued as much as it should be, which can have a powerful effect on one’s overall ability to achieve true happiness and success in life. If we stifle our creativity or discount its importance, we create blockages in other aspects of life, which can hinder our ability to move forward in different areas like health, work and personal relationships.

No matter how busy one’s schedule is, it is very important to schedule time for self-care, specifically for expressing creativity. Trying out different hobbies is a great way to explore one’s creativity because it can be very enjoyable. Some people find one hobby and fall in love with it so much it becomes their passion. For example, I love to play with natural ingredients and blend essential oils. Making all-natural, organic skin care products and teaching the recipes in my community workshops is one of my passions. Some people prefer to try different hobbies for shorter periods of time, or change them up each season to stay interested and keep trying different things.

One great thing about hobbies is that there are no set rules. Each person gets to decide how often they want to do it and whether they want to stick with it for a long time or move on to something else after trying it for a few weeks or months.

Another valuable aspect of hobbies is that one can enjoy them quietly when enjoying some downtime alone, or as a way to become involved with a community. Book clubs, art or cooking classes, writers’ workshops, knitting circles, gardening clubs – nearly every type of hobby presents an opportunity to meet with other likeminded individuals and build relationships. This could be beneficial on both a personal and professional level. In any business, especially the salon and spa business, teamwork is vital to success. Hobbies can be a great way to create a community among coworkers either in or outside of the spa. Sometimes if co-workers are not getting along, having them participate in a seemingly non-work related hobby, where all participants are novices, can be great for creating common ground. Oftentimes, the simple act of providing an opportunity for a person to find and express his or her own inherent creative talents produces significant positive changes. When people experience something as simple and profound as creating something beautiful from seemingly nothing, they begin to view the world – and daily environments – in a fresh, new way.

Q. On the basis of your reading and understanding of the above passage, answer the following:

  1. What is creativity? What do we achieve from creativity?
  2. How can one explore one’s creativity? What do people do to stay interested in hobbies?
  3. How do hobbies help build community or social relationship? In which way, does this benefit us?
  4. What kind of workplace problem do hobbies help to solve? How ?
  5. The synonym of the word ‘stifled’ in para 1 is
    1. free
    2. support
    3. suppress
    4. hide
  6. The word in para 4 which means ‘deep and intense’ is
    1. novice
    2. profound
    3. inherent
    4. significant
  7. Give an antonym for the word ‘hinder’ in para 1.
  8. Identify the word in para 4 which means ‘the time when one is not working’.


  1. Creativity is a special talent in a particular sphere. We achieve true happiness and success in life from creativity.
  2. One can explore one’s creativity by trying out different hobbies. People try different hobbies for shorter periods of time, or change them up each season to stay interested in them.
  3. Hobbies present us with opportunities to meet other likeminded individuals. This helps build community or social relationships. This benefits us on both personal and professional levels.
  4. The problem of co-workers not getting along is solved by hobbies. Hobbies create common ground by giving opportunities for the workers to participate in a seemingly non-work related hobby.
  5. suppress
  6. profound
  7. facilitate
  8. downtime

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