My name is Jasmine, and I have many hobbies, but if I had to pick two, I would say that my two favorite hobbies are soccer and writing. I started playing soccer in kindergarten, and I started writing around the same time.
Soccer has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I think I would be a completely different person today without it. When I first heard about soccer, I told my dad I wanted to play it. He was surprised, and he asked me why. My parents are from Romanian, where soccer is a men’s sport only. I told my dad that I simply wanted to make new friends, and he agreed that it was a good idea. 9 years later, I have made the most rewarding friendships through soccer, and I have learnt many life lessons that I will carry with me forever. Not to mention the fact that I love the sport itself! For me, soccer is the perfect combination of running and strategy. Soccer works my brain, but also keeps me in shape. My favorite part about soccer is that it forces me to act in the moment and trust my instincts rather than analyzing each move.
The first thing I ever remember writing was a story in first grade. It was our first writing assignment, and we were all really nervous. Once I started, I realized that writing was like putting my imagination on paper, and I really enjoyed it. Once we handed in our stories, my teacher pulled me aside to tell me how much she enjoyed reading it. After that, I was asked to read out my story to a grade 3 class. A few years later, I edited that same story and submitted it into a writing competition, getting it published in a short story novel. From then on, I kept writing and putting ideas on paper. It helps me deal with stress, and it allows me to use my imagination in ways that school doesn’t.
Both of these hobbies have played a huge role in my life, and they help me cope with different issues I face during everyday life. I think it’s really important to have hobbies, because they help you learn new things and relieve stress.