We’ve probably all fallen for it. Binge-watch enough Chef’s Table on Netflix and find ourselves shopping for cast-iron skillets. Start jogging and the accessories pile up – a water bottle today, sneakers tomorrow, and eventually an armband and pedometer.
Our homes are filled with detritus of past fancies: maybe a sleeping bag from your trekking phase, a book on veganism, craft tools.
The idea of buying shiny new equipment and accessories in the hopes of pursuing a new hobby, then not seeing any of it through, is so common there’s even a term for it, with a very appropriate abbreviation: gear acquisition syndrome (GAS).
With higher disposable incomes and fewer responsibilities than earlier generations (as people marry later, buy homes later or not at all), there’s more time, mindspace and money available for leisure and for hobbies. The thing about hobbies is…