Book bug and music nut.
What's better than music? Just leaning back and listening brings you relaxation and excitement, each in turn. It reveals personalities so that you begin to experience artists, composers and songwriters as among your most intimate friends.
So what could be better than listening to music? Well, how about making music?
Anyone can do it. You can do it. Alone if you wish, with your friends if you prefer. And if you do, it won't be long before you have new friends, because music has the habit of bringing people together.
My instrument happens to be the guitar, but that's just me (and a large number of other people. The instrument has such charm, I'm sure it will always be popular) but you have an almost infinite choice. And if you don't want all the hard work of learning an instrument, you can sing. You still need technique, but it will come, just as long as you listen honestly. Never let anyone tell you that you don't have a singing voice. Just keep on listening to great singers, and keep working on it.
I'm a confessed music nut, and it's as well to bear that in mind as you read my words, but I'm quite sure that music is life-enhancing in so many ways. Why? Because it's about communication, about people working to give pleasure to others, and deriving pleasure for themselves at the same time. And there's no greater pleasure than giving pleasure.
Well, that's me and my music.
Books are the greatest invention ever. For a modest price you can have the knowledge and ideas of the world at your fingertips, from earliest beginnings to present day. You can even delve a little into the future. Every book is a new world, and the best of them are wonderful to lose yourself in. Of course, there are bad books, poorly written books, boring books, so you have to choose your authors carefully. Here are some of my favourites. Non-fiction: Daniel C Dennett, V S Ramachandran, Jared Diamond, Stephen Oppenheimer, Richard Dawkins. Fiction: William Golding, Thomas Hardy, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ursula le Guin, Robert Merle, Henri Troyat.