The Hobby With Hidden Health Risks
There is a very popular new television show that is showing up on the Discovery Channel, that depicts the hobby of human scavenger hunting. I have been watching this show several times and I can tell you it is not a hobby; it is addicting. The hosts describe the shows as "no cost adventures" and make recommendations to people who are interested in trying their hand at being a scavenger hunter. The hosts and writers repeatedly tell viewers that if they get started in this activity, they will be saving a lot of money.
One of the things I find disturbing about this advertisement is their emphasis on saving money. The reality is that any hobby or job that does not require tools or equipment costs more to pursue. This includes everything from wood working to riding a bicycle to building model cars. The host emphasizes the point that it does not have to cost a lot of money to enjoy the activities.
Another thing I found interesting was their emphasis on physical fitness. Even though the show is designed to emphasize fun, there is a purpose for the games and activities. They are meant to improve one's physical fitness. Therefore, it is logical that someone who is trying to save money while doing a hobby would do well to focus on physical fitness.
Now let me get back to the claim that the hobby with hidden health risks is cheaper to pursue. Yes, it is cheaper but is it healthier? The answer to this question is "yes" but the question becomes "what?" The main reason the hobby with hidden health risks is cheaper is because many people do not spend a lot of money. Therefore, the equipment and supplies are not expensive.
However, you must consider the fact that a job offers you benefits. The job gives you a paycheck every week and provides you with a number of things including health and life insurance. When you do a job, you are investing in yourself and your future. You are paying taxes into your own Social Security and a future for your family. Therefore, I would argue that you should be saving money and not investing in yourself and your future.
On the other hand, if you focus on the finances while doing your hobby with hidden health risks, you will end up with nothing. This is because you will spend most of your time (and money) on the hobby without really considering how much money it is going to cost in the future. The result? A hobby that is enjoyable and helps you relax but is really costing you a lot of money! Therefore, it is really important to spend time thinking about what you are doing!