I’d say the only way to know for sure is to try it. I know that for me playing tennis is the opposite of idleness. I’m focussed, i’m engaged, i’m in the moment. Whereas the meditative ‘nothingness’ i mentioned is like drifting with the current - passive, detached, floaty. Tennis is way more fun - but it’s not the same thing for me.

Same goes for drawing. Someone said that animation is concentration, and i definitely agree. I simply cannot draw if im not focussed. So, again, not the same as idleness.

BUT if you can find that one hobby you essentially do on autopilot, i think it could work. For example, i noticed that when i listen to old playlists of mine or even watch a movie i’ve already seen - i can sort of coast through it and let my mind wander. The movie doesn’t require that much attention and serves as a nice background

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