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Prowler
08-02-2016, 05:54 PM
I know there's an "outgrowing things" thread, but this one is different. As the name implies, have there been times you've taken sabbaticals from hobbies and things you enjoy in general, whether because you were burnt out of them or didn't have time for them for a while?

I took a sabbatical from video games from 2009 to 2012. I just wasn't enjoying games much anymore for some reason, and the Wii had disappointed me and I wasn't really in the best position to invest in a PS3 or in an Xbox 360 at the time. It's a shame, since it was a good generation overall, but oh well that's life. I got back to games in full force in early 2013 when I joined Steam. And I hope the next generations are better than the current one and even if they're not as good there will always be older titles for me to play, since I missed out on many classic games.

I didn't watch anime at all for over a year between 2010 and 2012. I had watched a pretty damn good anime, Legend of the Galactic Heroes in the Summer of 2009, and my anime standards had gotten too high for a while thanks to it, so the whole feeling of "No anime will ever top LoGH" made me think it wasn't worth watching it anymore. Nowadays I can accept that well enough and still like anime, even if it's not as good as LoGH.

Music... I was a metalhead in my late teens/early 20s, and eventually got tired of listening to metal everyday and thus began exploiting other genres. Music became a lot more enjoyable for me that way, and I've discovered many artists I would have never bothered to check out back in 2009.

This really wasn't a sabbatical per se, but my interest in football/soccer had waned a lot in 2006-2007. I was missing tons of games, including ones from my team. I don't even know why this happened. I also have been feeling burnt out of the sport lately and have skipped the pre-season games. I think I'll only follow the upcoming season out of habit and just check out my team's games.

Lastly, pro wrestling. In 2008, I had gotten so burnt out of it that I had quit watching it completely for a couple of years until late 2010. It's just that I had been a wrestling fan to that point for God knows how many years, and I was already a 17 year old at the time, and thus wrestling wasn't as "magical" anymore. I felt like I was just watching it still because I had been watching it for so long that it did not feel right to drop it. Then I got back to WWE in 2010 with the Nexus angle and have been watching it on and off since then. But dropped WWE completely again in 2012 and 2013, my first year of university. Had other things to do. But then went back to it again and now I'm exploring alternative wrestling feds and checking older stuff I had missed back in the day.

What about you? Ever felt like you've lost passion for something completely and then ended up going back to it later?

CyberCubed
08-02-2016, 07:07 PM
I don't think I ever have.

I've been playing videogames regularly since I was 4-5 years old and still am now.

ToTheNines
08-02-2016, 07:11 PM
I stopped watching porn for like a month my junior year of high school.

Prowler
08-02-2016, 07:20 PM
I stopped watching porn for like a month my junior year of high school.
And you watched it everyday before that and watched it nearly everyday since then? You think you have porn addiction?

ToTheNines
08-02-2016, 07:32 PM
I was mostly just trying to be funny. I'm sure I qualify as an addict my some people's definitions, but it's definitely not every day.

ProactiveMan
08-02-2016, 07:36 PM
I got into animating when I was a kid and I was pretty prolific up until about ten years ago. The stuff I made in high school was pretty crude, and the stuff from my twenties was a mixed bag, but I was cranking stuff out and having loads of fun. At some point I became more; maybe too self-critical and concentrated too hard on the technical aspect and not enough on the ideas. Translating a funny idea into a quick and dirty Flash cartoon is exciting; fussing over line weights and composition is too much like my actual job. I’ve had some neat ideas recently though that I hope to knock out over a few weekends, so I feel the hobby drawing me back in.

The other hobby that I used to spend a lot of time on was building and painting model kits; mostly figure models, but some hard-edge stuff as well. I stopped around the time that the kits became hard to find – the high end action-figure and statue scene really killed garage kits for a long time. Recently I’ve gotten back into it, but not so much buying kits as building and sculpting things from scratch. The other cool thing is that ‘garage kits’ are sort’a coming back in a limited way online. A lot of artists and sculptors are doing small runs of unpainted kits now that 3D printers are so affordable, and the internet has made mould making supplies and tutorials really accessible.

TheSkeletonMan939
08-02-2016, 07:45 PM
I used to draw constantly. One of my favorite things to do was to create comic strips, like you'd see in the paper. I created characters and their relationships. It was a little bit like Calvin & Hobbes meets Big Nate.
I stopped doing that around 8th grade and haven't drawn a complete strip since. I really like drawing, and I doodle the characters sometimes just to continue improving upon their designs, but I'm just completely devoid of incentive to make a full three-panel story today.

Prowler
08-02-2016, 07:47 PM
I was mostly just trying to be funny. I'm sure I qualify as an addict my some people's definitions, but it's definitely not every day.
I find porn boring and too unrealistic for the most part. Plus, I don't really have any unusual fetish. I'm content with just watching ordinary missionary sex... so yeah, I'd rather use my imagination most of the time.

CyberCubed
08-02-2016, 07:47 PM
I was mostly just trying to be funny. I'm sure I qualify as an addict my some people's definitions, but it's definitely not every day.

Since you have a girlfriend why do you need porn? I imagine you only look at it when you're away at work. When you're home what's the point when you have the real thing?

Prowler
08-02-2016, 07:48 PM
Since you have a girlfriend why do you need porn? I imagine you only look at it when you're away at work. When you're home what's the point when you have the real thing?
How did i know you were gonna say something about that? :lol:

Machias Banshee
08-02-2016, 08:08 PM
Back when I was just getting into the online fandom here in college, I wrote and drew incessantly. I posted artwork on the website here, posted tons of stuff on a geocities site, and then moved to deviantart and posted there. fanfiction.net still has some of my stories.

Once I got home and busy with my career, the art and stories fell by the wayside. I only just finished a story the past year or so that I started back in the mid-2000s. Being in management sucked any creative juices completely out of my brain. :ohwell:

I've taken sabbatical from TMNT a few times. Part of me wanted to get completely away from the fandom, with some of the hostility that had become so common with the online fans. I had a few good friends I still played RPG games with, but we've all kinda gone our own ways with life and families and jobs...

I try a few times to get back into drawing and writing, but I struggle to think of something good to do. I have my OC that I used for my online persona here, but she's a blend of two fandoms and I'd like to give her a more original story. Getting into original stuff was something I wanted to do. But again, the projects I worked on in the past, I can't get the inspiration going... :ohwell:

snake
08-02-2016, 08:10 PM
I took a break from collecting multiple times. Always to return though. Video Games I quit entirely

CyberCubed
08-02-2016, 08:13 PM
Video Games I quit entirely

What. You're only 14 and you quit videogames entirely? You're missing out, on both classic games and new.

Prowler
08-02-2016, 08:15 PM
What. You're only 14 and you quit videogames entirely? You're missing out, on both classic games and new.
Several people I know sorta stopped gaming in HS. If not entirely then just for the most part and just kept to big titles such as FIFA, GTA, etc.

Many people still view heavy gaming as something "nerdy" and "loserish", I'm afraid. And in HS you know how people just want to fit in and impress the opposite gender. And if they stop gaming, watching cartoons, wrestling, etc. in their teenage years, they're usually not going back to those things.

Not saying that's the case for snake, mind you.

TheSkeletonMan939
08-02-2016, 08:21 PM
I also stopped playing video games, in junior year of high school. I wasn't a "serious gamer" or anything in the first place, so it's not like I was giving up a hobby, but I just wanted to spend my time doing other things.

I still play Mario Kart or whatever if someone wants me too but I don't do anything solo anymore. I doubt I'm missing much.

Prowler
08-02-2016, 08:23 PM
I also stopped playing video games, in junior year of high school. I wasn't a "serious gamer" or anything in the first place, so it's not like I was giving up a hobby, but I just wanted to spend my time doing other things.

I still play Mario Kart or whatever if someone wants me too but I don't do anything solo anymore. I doubt I'm missing much.
Well, most people aren't "serious gamers". There's lots of us out there, but I bet most people over a certain age don't play games on a daily basis like many of us here do.

snake
08-02-2016, 08:54 PM
What. You're only 14 and you quit videogames entirely? You're missing out, on both classic games and new.

Unless I'm playing with a friend or it's the new pokemon that's coming out, I just don't have the motivation to play.

I might get the NES classic, but I've played most of those games.

Prowler
08-02-2016, 09:29 PM
Back when I was just getting into the online fandom here in college, I wrote and drew incessantly. I posted artwork on the website here, posted tons of stuff on a geocities site, and then moved to deviantart and posted there. fanfiction.net still has some of my stories.

Once I got home and busy with my career, the art and stories fell by the wayside. I only just finished a story the past year or so that I started back in the mid-2000s. Being in management sucked any creative juices completely out of my brain. :ohwell:

I've taken sabbatical from TMNT a few times. Part of me wanted to get completely away from the fandom, with some of the hostility that had become so common with the online fans. I had a few good friends I still played RPG games with, but we've all kinda gone our own ways with life and families and jobs...

I try a few times to get back into drawing and writing, but I struggle to think of something good to do. I have my OC that I used for my online persona here, but she's a blend of two fandoms and I'd like to give her a more original story. Getting into original stuff was something I wanted to do. But again, the projects I worked on in the past, I can't get the inspiration going... :ohwell:
I've heard writer's block can be pretty bad.

As for drawing. Well, what do you usually draw?

CyberCubed
08-02-2016, 09:34 PM
Wow, that's crazy. I've been playing videogames for over 25+ years and I game at least 2 hours on a weekday, and probably about 5 hours on weekends or days off.

Between 30 years of Nintendo history plus all the fantastic third party games on Sony consoles, there is just too much to play and enjoy. You guys are missing out.

Prowler
08-02-2016, 09:42 PM
Wow, that's crazy. I've been playing videogames for over 25+ years and I game at least 2 hours on a weekday, and probably about 5 hours on weekends or days off.

Between 30 years of Nintendo history plus all the fantastic third party games on Sony consoles, there is just too much to play and enjoy. You guys are missing out.
Some people just have different priorities or things they enjoy more than games. Nothing wrong with that.

plastroncafe
08-02-2016, 09:52 PM
I stopped reading/buying comics in college.
Recently I've been taking a much needed break from gaming.
Slowly trying to work my way back into knitting regularly.

MsMarvelDuckie
08-03-2016, 08:01 PM
I take periodic breaks from writing, sometimes for a month or more. I akso don't play video games regularly likecI did a few years ago. In fact I just played on our 360 fore the first time in monrhs a couple of days ago. I have taken a break frim comics for the padt few years, with the exception of Usagi and TMNT.

Utrommaniac
08-03-2016, 08:43 PM
I am currently going trough a crafting sabbatical. I miss sewing quite a bit.

In 2014, I had sewn some really cute little seahorses (one of which I was paid to make!) and wanted to do some stingrays as well. I want to get back to that, but I have other things to do. Mostly school things.

I haven't managed to write anything big worth sharing since high school.

Zak The Neutrino
08-04-2016, 04:58 PM
I stopped collecting toys around 23 and dived deeply into cars. I was constantly modifying my cars and racing them. Then buying toys for my oldest son kind of brought me back in for a couple years.

Then when I got divorced I stopped collecting again as it was a pain to pack everything up and with everything being in storage while I stayed with my parents for a few months I just didn't get into it. Once I got out of my parents house I started collecting again and stopped doing car stuff.

Right now I'm trying to balance both hobbies as both are expensive and trying to raise a family.

Wesley
08-05-2016, 09:40 AM
I stopped playing video games and watching films for sometime a few years ago, but I got back into them recently. I prefer older films and haven't played any new games, though, and I don't spend as much time playing games as I used to years ago.

I got interested in football again lately when I watched Euro 2016. It was the first football tournament that I enjoyed watching in a long time.

I'm taking a break from listening to music albums, watching tv shows and playing games at the moment.

Prowler
08-08-2016, 05:58 PM
I stopped playing video games and watching films for sometime a few years ago, but I got back into them recently. I prefer older films and haven't played any new games, though, and I don't spend as much time playing games as I used to years ago.

I got interested in football again lately when I watched Euro 2016. It was the first football tournament that I enjoyed watching in a long time.

I'm taking a break from listening to music albums, watching tv shows and playing games at the moment.
That's interesting. Tbh, I think I'm getting a bit burnt out of football. Football seemed like it never went away this off-season.