I have found that a common factor to well rounded men is a past time which they really enjoy doing, sometimes more than one. A hobby. Personally, I really enjoy reading, but would like something else to do when I don't have access to a book. What do you guys do for hobbies?
Most wouldn't call shaving a hobby, but I love it - the pursuit of the ultimage shave. It's meditative. Love trying out new razors, creams, methods. I've settled upon those straight razors with disposable blades that barbers use (yes, tried real straight razors - they're ineffective for day-to-day shaving, but great if you shave less often). I shop once a year online at Williamsport Barber Supply, and $18 buys me enough shave cream and blades to last a year - Hell, $18 can't buy a month's supply of those five-blade disposable heads! $18 plus a $6 alum block buys you a world-class shave. I'd still like to master the straight razor, and haven't given up - got the strop, the powder, the diamond-inlaid sharpener - won't give up.
I enjoy reading too. Especially the kinds of books that are from a point of view of a young adult who gradually progresses into manhood, such as "Old Yeller" by Fred Gipson (read it when I was really young, so it is engraved in my memory) and "Shane" by Jack Schaefer. I know there are film adaptations, though I haven't seen either of them and I think reading them would probably be the best way to experience them.
I am currently studying anatomy and landscapes (though I'm not taking any classes, it's just a hobby) so I can draw people, places - those kinds of things. I want to be able to take a stroll in the park, sit down on a bench and draw pictures of the people doing their things or a fountain or something like that. I also have knowledge of woodworking, as I have made a paper towel holder and a jewelry box from my experience of it. However, I don't always have access to woodworking tools such as a compound slide saw, a sander, wood finish, etc.
I cook, many types of cuisine. On a related note, I do a little bread making and make my own sausages (currently about 12 varieties) and cured meats. I also do all my own meat processing to some degree, either whole carcass to table ready with deer and hogs to buying wholesale cuts of beef and aging and slicing/packaging myself. Other hobbies are hunting/shooting, archery, reading, raising a garden, and home brewing. Other stuff I do is not frequent enough to call a hobby to my mind but things a man should know how to do.
Found a hobby, I am currently, for the 6th time in my life, taking Martial Arts (karate this time). I test for my green belt in a couple of weeks. I am also back in the gym working on muscle mass which I haven't been able to do in the past I would get much stronger but not much bigger.
I'm working (still) on my garage to get it repaired and set my workshop back up. This time I'll do it right with built-in work bench, electrical, good lighting, insulation and heating/cooling; that's if we stay in this house otherwise I'll have to build a new workshop at our new house (new hobby!!!).
I read and practice martial arts and fish. Three contemplative hobbies and also more than a bit isolating, I guess.
Tinkering on my truck
Writing about my adventures
.............................. no wonder my cottage is never clean, yes. I live in a cottage.
Working, on cars, camping, backpacking, building stuff, shooting, the out doors
I enjoy these A LOT.