This post is by Om Malik from On my Om

black and silver fountain pen
Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash
hobby: a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation obsession: a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling

Sunday is my day for hobbies. I am either editing photos and putting together a collection to share, or engaging with another hobby of mine: fountain pens. At the start of every month, I pick a few from my collection, clean the ones I have been using to store them, and ink the ones I want to use for the next month.

Since I journal every day, having a few pens inked and ready to go is very convenient. It also helps me clear out my collection. I was getting a bit too obsessed with fountain pens, enough for me to make adjustments. The line between obsession and a hobby is so fine, not very different from the fine line between madness and genius. And unless we are careful, a hobby can become an obsession, starting to lose the very reason why we indeed have one. It is at that point you really have to start to wonder why you’re into a hobby. What are you getting out of it? What is the larger reason why you are actively engaged in it? What has superseded the real reason you got into something, and it became a hobby? I have been thinking about this a lot, as I noticed that my most recent hobby — fountain pens — was on the (Read more…)