How I’ve Missed the Art of Letter Writing and Other Hobbies
I haven’t written a real letter in years; let alone a friendly or love letter of some sort. I used to like letter writing a whole lot before that’s why I’ve missed it now. Perhaps because there’s instant emails, or annoying voicemails that I’ve never really liked. Before the iphone, ipod, or ipad age, let me call them “iGen” or the “yGeneration” crowd, even before they arrived, everything was done through what we now call the “snail mail” (not really that slow here in our country) but that’s what they call it everywhere else anyway.
I used to write letters to my pen pals from other countries and we exchange letters every now and then. Pen pal writing was a project in high school for our mid-term’s semester but I decided to keep my pen pals from abroad after our project ended. Then after a few years, my pen pal from Krakow, Poland had a car accident and died as his parents have informed me in a letter. I cried for days and slowly the pain went away and he became a forgotten friend. My other friends from at home and abroad (Innsbruck in Austria, Tokyo in Japan, Ceylon/Sri Lanka now, Pakistan, India, Dumaguete City & Baguio City in PH) just stopped writing for no reason and so did I.
Years have come and gone and I have finished with my pen pal writing hobby and went into other hobbies. I learned how to ride a bicycle and biking became my new hobby. I biked everywhere I went; to the mall, to school, to the playgrounds and everywhere. Then I learned how to play tennis and tennis playing became intense specially during summertime since we have our own tennis court at the apartment grounds where we lived. After a few years, it became an “un-hobby” game and so much for hobbies anyway.
Then it was Cross-Country Skiing in my hobby list where you can choose to ski on groomed and track-set trails suited to beginner, intermediate and expert level skiers and there’s usually there’s a chalet and café stop along the way so you can rest or have some hot chocolate, coffee or drinks and snacks. You can get a pair of waxed skis, special boots to go with those skis and ski poles so that you can glide and ski on a wide area of trails that’s provided only during daytime. There’s no skiing allowed at night except on the downhill area which is well-lighted and groomed for downhill skiing only. I did quit downhill skiing even if it’s fun but quite dangerous because i fell and got into an accident after some sort of collision with other skiers and ended up getting hurt with a broken ankle and a twisted left knee injury.
Later on I went back to my painting hobby and became a Sunday-Painter again (only painted on weekends). I still painted in watercolours but by then I found a real absorbing hobby. And that was my interest in photography but there was no one to show me the tricks of the trade so I started a self-study reading manuals in photography. It wasn’t an easy task but then I learned how to use an SLR film camera all by myself. I found myself so obsessed with that hobby, after I bought a Canon SLR film camera and with the camera body came a removable Canon 50 mm f/1.8 lens and also got a Vivitar 70-150mm f/4.5 zoom telephoto for Canon lens; then I started taking photographs. They were not really good at first but then they got better and better. Now, that the SLR film camera have become obsolete I have to switch to DSLR and everything digital. And then now, I got a Canon EOS Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens that I’ve also learned how to use by myself and got an Olympus SP-800UZ 14MP Digital Camera that I use for point and shoot purposes.
My interest in photography is heightened by the great results of all my photographs taken wherever I have traveled and the appreciation I get from people around my circle of family and friends who have seen my works. Most of the photographs I can call them ordinary but some shots came out really great. Some photographs that I’ve painstakingly taken and then had enjoyed looking at the beauty of those photographs were taken meticulously by me. Then I became an avid photographer whose enthusiasm in photography was boundless or should I say endless. I am still interested in photography to this day and someday I promised myself that I would take a formal training in photography and film making to be able to use my gifted talent to the fullest extent, hopefully even if I’ve already known some of the basics in this my chosen field of interest now I can still learn more.