What's your passion? We all have something we really enjoy. Have you shared it? Here's mine.
When I was about five years old my Mom taught me to knit. I'd been sitting beside her for a couple years watching every move as she knit and I memorized the rhythmic moves until I felt confident I could do it. She got me some big fat needles and some big fat yarn and I started knitting. Like most beginning knitters I made lots of scarves and dish clothes because they required no shaping. My first real project was a baby sweater for a friend's newborn daughter. Mom let me pick the pattern and of course I picked one so difficult that even now I'd hesitate to tackle it, but I finished it with a little guidance and after that I wasn't afraid to try any pattern.
Another passion of mine is embroidery and cross stitch in particular. I learned it on my own after seeing an exhibit at the New York State Fair. While examining the pieces on display, I thought "I cando that" and so I did. I've taught a few people to cross stitch and have enjoyed the experience.
See where I'm going with this? It's about sharing the things you love to do with others. Teaching someone else to enjoy those things that give you pleasure will add to their lives and yours.
OK, you say that reading is your hobby. Mine too. There are lots of ways to share. If you'd like to read to children there are schools, libraries and community centers that have story time. You can read to adults at a hospital or nursing home. I think the very best is to teach someone else to read. There are lots of literacy programs where you are teamed up with an adult who wants to learn to read. It's a sometimes frustrating but very rewarding experience.
My experience was when I worked for a hospital for a short time. When I got to work in the morning I'd run into the woman who cleaned the offices on my floor, just finishing her shift. She usually had a cup of coffee from the cafeteria and a newspaper in hand. I invited her into my office to relax before heading home and we chatted. I learned that she and her husband were adopting a baby girl and she was taking lessons every afternoon to learn to read. She wanted to be able to read to her daughter. I started getting in a little earlier each morning and I'd have the coffee made so that she could sit down and read the paper. I'd sometimes help her with a word or explain a word. I was so impressed with her for taking such a big step.
So, maybe your only not work related activity is playing with the dog. OK, did you know that most shelters welcome volunteers to walk and work with the dogs waiting to be adopted? It's proven that a dog that walks well on leash and knows a couple basic commands is easier to place.
So share your passion. Pass it on to someone else who can enjoy it and then they can pass it on to someone they know. There's too much bad stuff going on in the world these days. We can make our little corner of the world a better and happier place and enjoy doing it.