What do you guys like to do for hobbies/leisure outside of EMS? I like to play music / video games, learn languages and read. I apologize if this is not the appropriate forum for this question.
I have people whom I am friendly with at work. I do not have work friends who I hang with outside of work. Employing and practicing this over the years has been a huge service to myself and my own mental well being. Yes, we have odd hours, odd shifts, work on holidays, etc...however it is completely possible to have a friendship base which has nothing to do with Emergency Services in any way. To say otherwise is to make excuses in my opinion.
As for hobbies, I too self study languages, absolutely love this. I read a lot of non-fiction, I will read maybe 5 decent fiction novels a year. I self taught guitar for a few years (thanks YouTube), ride my motorcycle, study politics and rant on FB and other outlets about that (true story), and continue to refine my slow but steady plan of world domination. I also play a lot of poker and travel for that endeavor, but I have transitioned from rec player to semi pro (meaning I earn money doing it, but its not my FT gig).
Hey nothing wrong with that. Family firstI work too much. But when not at work I'm either studying (though I do this at work mostly), playing with my kiddos, spending time with my wife, or sleeping. Someday I'll have hobbies again but right now my family is my focus of spare time.