I have two Favorite Hobbies and I can't begin to separate or determine which is most important. Both have been so entertwined in my life for so many years that they are pretty well me, not just hobbies.
MUSIC and BOOKS
The WHY of my hobbies, I owe all to my wonderful hard working mom.
I was what is called a Library Latch-key child. Was I really there every day after school until my library closed? No. But, I was very close to it. My mother had a reading rule. Only 2 or 3 books during the week; no more than 10 on the weekend and I always had to have one non-fiction book.
Poor lady, she was alone except for me and I had my nose in a book all of the time. But what a good upbringing. A life of living in all of the worlds you wanted, building your vocabulary every day, hiding away behind a book whenever you needed to. I still probably read for all of the same reasons.
Wish now & then my beautiful mother could be at the other end of the kitchen table or standing at the ironing board while I read.