Why people make most of their leisure time
Posted Sunday, October 27 2013 at 00:00
While some people look at relaxation as a time waster, others look forward to enjoying every moment of it.
Back in the day, storytelling used to be a favourite pastime. Our grandpa always told us fables as we sat in a circle around him munching away on roast maize. But trends have changed. Different people have resorted to different ways of spending their leisure.
Last weekend, I met Andrew Mbazila an operations officer of Barclays bank at Nakasero playground. He dribbled the ball passionately as I approached him. When I asked him on how he spent his leisure time, he was quick to answer, “I prefer playing football in my leisure time. It has helped me to create a circle of friends and keep fit,” he says. Mbazila added that since he never gets such time during weekdays, he utilises weekend.
Eva Muhanguzi a software engineering student at Makerere University, likes playing basketball and lawn tennis outside class time. “Basketball and tennis keep me fit but, above all have enhanced my people skills. I can freely relate with the opposite sex.”
Martin Cole who I met on Muyenga Hill making cross country laps says that he runs in order to reduce the unnecessary weight. “I used to weigh over 90kg before engaging myself in physical exercises. Now I am 64 kilograms and I want to maintain that,” he notes.
He also stresses that he went to the hospital because he could get exhausted after any small activity like walking. The physician advised him to engage in physical exercises to reduce weight as well as avoid illnesses like pressure, diabetes among others.
At the beach
Francis Suuna, a guild leader at YMCA Comprehensive Institute, says that he prefers spending his leisure time at the beach. “I go to the beach every weekend with my fiancé. I feel bored if I do not have a beach outing during weekend,” he reminisces.
In same light, Josephine Kiiza a business woman in Kansanga likes to spend time at the beach with her family members. “I relax with my husband and children at the beach. This has strengthened our family bond,” she remarks.
Without music, some people find leisure time boring. Ronald Kisembo, a taxi driver is one such a person. He loves to go dancing with his friends.
“I could fall sick without clubbing. My friends and I look out for different club theme nights. Then we dance the daily stress away,” he stresses.
He prefers to go with colleagues to the discotheque after work.
Alex Mugisha, a student of law at Makerere University spends his free time surfing the internet. Mugisha who I met in a café in Wandegeya, notes: “I use leisure time to search for law information on internet. If I do not use internet, I go to the library to find more books on law because I want to be one of the best lawyers,” he says.
He goes on, “My father has high hope in me and so I read hard not to disappoint him,” says Mugisha.
Denis Kato also spends his time on social media especially facebook. “I like chatting up my colleagues on facebook. When I get bored, I log on and giggle every moment away,” he explains.
Reading the Bible
Peter Waswa youth pastor at Revival International in Kisugu says that he spends his free time reading the Bible. “I pass my liberty hours reading the Bible because; I want to understand the scriptures. When I read and understand the gospel, it becomes easy to preach the Word to others,” he stresses.