I am totally into making photo books online! It's nice because it's not strenuous at all, I can work on it for a few minutes or several hours, and when it's done my entire family enjoys them. I'm just starting on one for each of my kids for Christmas.
My fun is all over, anything creative (thinking of writing a book! Who's in fibro peeps!?) And artsy but my #1 go-to is sewing. It's so painful so I plan designs start to finish, no wasted energy movement. ⚡ (any designers? 🎨)
I had to let all my fun things go because of my neck and hands. I use to love sewing, cross stitching, and painting. Now even using my tablet or phone is hard without many frequent breaks. I use to also enjoy working in my yard, flower beds and even cutting grass. I enjoy walking my treadmill when I can. But it is no comparison with the beach and mountain hikes I've had to give up because of fibro, DDD, & OA in major joints! I read when I can focus, but the book has to really reach out & "Grab me" if you know what I mean. 😔
I was used to having neck and back pain and could go snowboarding through it. Now that I have the hand and foot pain and muscle weakness, I haven't been able to :( I need to find something else to fill that void. I am determined to get back up on my snowboard before the season ends though! My kids snowboard too so I need to find a way :)
I used to paint, draw, sculpt and create. Now my hands are useless. Honestly I don't have much to do for fun anymore. I used to play video games but yet again my hands.. they are just like nope. I used to go out to the forest but now it's way too cold. Maybe... photography?
Oh no JessieNova it's soo hard not being able to do the things you love, I'm soo sorry. The pictures you've posted on here in the different posts are amazing. Maybe you could try out different things like photography or maybe computer based art or easy animations or even writing stories or poetry, you seem to have a very vivid imagination so I think you'd have no trouble, as you can get dictation programmes etc.... I don't what else to suggest?
JessieNova have you tried putting your paintbrush through a spongy stress ball so that you don't have to pinch grip with your fingers but just loosely hold the ball or are your arms completely out of commission? I had my husband use an ice pick to punch holes in stress balls and then I made them bigger with a knitting needle and eventually around my largest crochet hook. I've done the same thing with fountain pens and paint brushes. I'm still slow and have to do a very little bit at a time to keep from overdoing it but I am able to at least engage a little bit of my creative energy this way each day and see a little bit of continual progress. I managed to make a matching hat leg warmers fingerless gloves and a neck muffler that all match and since it was a small project I felt a sense of completion between each one. Continue to strive for adaptive ideas to help you stay and that created space because you have so much to offer and are so talented.
Another thing I've done, which is a considerable expense, but worth it since I spend nearly all day on it, making the switch to a touchscreen 2in1 laptop with a detachable keyboard yhat runs apps and web browsers, with a portable cushion to prop it up in any position I need. My stylus is through a stress ball and because it's a full computer I can use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and the whole Adobe Creative Suite. Since I don't always have super fine motor control the digital art programs allow me to click a button and erase mistakes. The programs they are so sophisticated that it's pretty easy to cut out images from photographs and collage together promotional materials and graphic design. There are also people out there making specialized brush tools that allow you to do special calligraphy and really cool painterly techniques.
As a result I'm able to take on a few occasional graphic and web design projects pro bono. Here's a low-budget an indie film I managed to do all the marketing materials, social media and web design for despite the pain. I took it on because it dealt with childhood trauma manifesting PTSD trauma later in life. Psychology Today magazine ended up hosting the premiere, which was really exciting, though I couldn't attend. So I guess that's my fun thing. http://www.altered-minds.com
One of things I think is funny is watching my daughters 2 gerbils in their new gerbilarium. They are very funny to watch running all over then just stopping to either shred some card, gnaw their log tunnel and hiding block, burrow a tunnel or to investigate their new toys then bury everything they can!!!! It's actually very calming to watch them
There is an older thread that is "what do you do that is crafty". Check it out. We have alot of crafty people here. Everything from drawing, coloring, wood burning, beading, steampunk,crochet, sewing, knitting photography and I am sure more.
Nice buck. :) and truck. You would fit right in down here in the South. (smile) my son attended college in Winnipeg. I loved visiting Canada. Of course - back then I was living in the Fargo ND area - just over the border.
I don't get out a lot but what drives me to get out is performing stand up comedy. Mostly local but have done it out of town as well. I also write for a local news parody show. While I'm inside my passions are my dogs, 2 shih tzus.
Very talented! I always wanted to try painting, I will one day...hopefully. If I can ever get some relief from the pain in my neck, shoulders, arms, back, etc...sorry don't mean to be a downer, just have had a really painful few weeks...
binge watching Netflix with my husband even though he gets frustrated watching tv all the time. Don't like games cuz they take me so long to learn (brAin fog). The number one thing is seeing my grandkids but they can wear me out pretty quickly. 😊
I'm inspired by this thread as I realized I cannot remember the last time I did something fun. I need to snap out of obsessing over being in pain all the time. I'm going to make a goal of doing something fun within a week. I love all of your "fun things".
Yesterday i was mad at my body and not being able to do much and always being in pain when no one else can see it. I made this to get my pain and frustration out. I couldn't use my hands much the rest of the day after making it, but it made me feel so much better mentally.