There’s a wonderful old “Calvin & Hobbes” strip in which Calvin asks his dad what it’s like being an adult. His dad replies that it’s not so much different than being a kid, except that as an adult you’re more attached to your toys. It’s worth noting that, as he says this, he’s doing maintenance work on his mountain bike.
That heart of that strip is right. As kids, sure, we love our toys and play with them, but as we get older, the toys shift out of favor and new ones take their place (cue the theme from “Toy Story” here…).
It’s different as adults. By and large, the things that we buy for leisure and enjoyment as adults are investments in both time and money, and we want to make sure that we take care of them and give them their proper due of use. I’m thinking of, for instance, those who own boats (I do not, thank God), motorcycles, valuable first-edition books, and 30K Horus Heresy armies from Forge World.
Part of the problem becomes when the investment ends up becoming kind of a burden, specifically for we hobbyists. If you’re like me (and if you’re reading this, you probably are) you’ve had some big dreams as a hobbyist. We’re naturally ambitious, optimistic and acquisitive, so it’s only natural that we accumulate a lot of hobby stuff with the aim of making use of it in the future.
Sometimes, we do, even if it’s years down the road.
Other times, we don’t. For whatever reason. Maybe our hobby interest has shifted (not really into tank warfare anymore, you’ve perhaps switched to Napoleonic historicals…), maybe the concept you had for a massive conversion just won’t work or it’ll take too much time and resources to realize, or maybe there are new shinies that you want and these old ones are getting in the way.
This is something I’ve wrestled with, certainly. There are boxes of minis still new on sprue that two years ago I just KNEW I was going to turn into a fun army, with a backstory and everything.
And now… not so much. So I’ve been slowly divesting myself of some of the hobby stuff I may have bought on a whim, or just found I wasn’t going to build because of new ideas. And it’s a good thing. It’s making space and giving me coin for new things. It’s freeing in a way, because in some cases those projects had been weighing on my mind and I had a sinking feeling I’d never get to them.
Letting go, especially when you’ve got a sizeable hobby horde, can be a good thing.
About the Author;
Peter Kuebeck is a writer, gamer and award-winning mini-painter living in the Midwest. He wages a constant battle against the ever-growing tide of unpainted minis in his basement, and occasionally GMs role-playing game sessions with friends. Catch his hobby shenanigans on Twitter at @popculturecube