Searching for a hobby

Shorter post than normal. It’s almost 04:00. The weekend’s drawn to a close. I definitely need some sleep. So of course, what do I do? I pull out my laptop and attempt to write a blog post.

I currently have a few things on my mind whilst I wait for a plan of action from the doctors, and one of the least pressing ones (which incidentally takes up most of my thinking) is that I should find a hobby to start during the chemo process!

Perhaps a little back story on me that you don’t really need, but I have been known to occasionally over-hype potential new hobbies. I’ll watch hours of Youtube videos for said hobby, spend way too much money acquiring the necessary equipment and then finally won’t really go through with it.

But this time it’s different. I can feel it. I can feel it in my enlarged lymph nodes.

The hobby in question is skateboarding. I’ve never skateboarded before, I’m not sure how much balance I naturally possess and I’m not overly keen on grazed knees. It seems pointless asking this question since I don’t think anyone will read this to answer, but is this a little silly? I’m low-key conscious that I’m 27 and maybe a little old to start, so I really need someone to comment below and tell me otherwise.

I have no idea how taxing the chemotherapy will be on my mind and body, and perhaps I’m not giving it the respect it deserves. To re-cap; the chemo will ideally last 6 months, with visits to the hospital once every 2 weeks to be IV-fed some drugs. On the other hand however, it is recommended that I try and remain active throughout.

Is chemotherapy really the right time to be starting skateboarding? Is it silly to start an activity which involves falls and grazes? Will I even have the energy throughout chemo to try and learn how to do it?

A lot of questions. Any answers/insight would be much appreciated.

If I was to set a goal, it wouldn’t be to learn any crazy tricks/flips, but rather to be comfortable on a skateboard. Comfortable enough to cruise around, force someone to record me from their car, stick some indie music in the background and post a video to Instagram/reddit. That isn’t too much to ask for right??

Other potential hobby ideas were to learn a new language (though even the thought of that pre-chemo is slightly tiring) or perhaps take up drawing/painting. Skateboarding however keeps cropping up as the number 1 contender in my mind so far.

Shall I go ahead with it? Do feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts or experiences.

Peace and love,



  1. Alex says:

    Hey Dan, its never too late!
    I saw your post on reddit and read everything here as well. OK, here are few thoughts from a random russian guy living in China: 1. Get a skateboard. 2. Get a skateboard. 3. Get a skateboard.
    But seriously, if you feel like it and your current state of health allows you to take few falls, then why not…Btw I got my skateboard few days ago and right away after 20 min I could feel the balance and slowly ride it. It was so satisfying and unexpectedly much easier than I thought! I fell quiet a few times as well, so protective gear is a must. Don’t worry about the age (I’m gonna turn 29 after couple of months), it’s all about emotions and inner drive.
    Also, f you are interested in russian or chinese language, I’d be glad to help you out.
    Stay strong and don’t let anything to kick you out of balance.

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    1. Daaaanyaaaal says:

      Hi Alex, thanks a lot for reaching out, I really appreciate it! Those are the 3 best thoughts from a random Russian guy living in China I’ve heard all day! 🙂

      Thanks a lot for the positive reinforcement. Seeing your comments as well as those on reddit have been so inspiring that I’ll definitely take the plunge and hopefully post some updates in the near future.

      Wishing you all the best with your own skateboarding journey, and it’s uplifting to know that you got some balance in just 20 minutes! There is hope after all 🙂

      Thanks also for the language offer and the kind words of encouragement, I may just take you up on that 🙂


  2. hell0_th4 says:

    Hey there! I think starting a new hobby is a great idea to keep yourself motivated and to distract yourself from everything else that may be going on at the moment. I don’t know if it really is ideal to start whilst you’re on chemo, but I’m sure that if you’ll find your rythmn, and see how you feel with everything. Good luck, mate 🙂

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    1. Daaaanyaaaal says:

      Hellooo hell0_th4, thanks a lot for your comment! Since you commented I did eventually end up buying a board, though I do need to ride it a bit more haha. Finding the rhythm is definitely key! Thanks for the kind words 🙂


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