Recently, I’ve been trying to get my head round the idea that shopping could actually be a hobby. Exactly how is shopping a hobby biko nu? I can’t help but notice a lot of profiles on facebook, twitter and the likes, where people have advocated shopping to be one of their numerous hobbies. Let me first say here that by this argument, chauvinism is not my intent and I’m not prejudiced against women in any context. So abeg if I rub anybody the wrong way, my honest apologies. But it is sufficient to say that these people in question are all girls. Every last one of them. “Well my hobbies are shopping, spending time with family and friends, singing, dancing, going raving …. i am a easy girl to get along with love fasion. My music i like funky house, slow jams, bashment, hiphop, grime …. But if we wanna no more just ask .xx”. And there you have it. I know it seems unfair but this was actually some girl’s hobby statement that I got directly off her profile and I haven’t changed a word of it; grammar and otherwise. Exactly as she take write am na so I copy am come o! I promise I didn’t make this up. Anyway, since I don’t know this particular girl in person and she doesn’t know me, my head is safe.
Ask a girl what her hobbies are and the word “shopping” comes up within the first three sentences that roll off her tongue. The way they make it sound so casual na him dey tire me pass. On what grounds exactly can one profess: “Shopping is my hobby”? Since when did every ‘Chinwe’ and ‘Scholastica’ have so much money as to afford to go shopping whenever the wind grazed their skin? Is everyday now their birthday? One girl said: “oh I just love shopping. I could shop all day, every day”. How do you just wake up in the morning, yawn and say “ah! I feel like shopping. Lemme go shopping, as I don’t have anything doing today”. On another hand, as much as there are some hard working ladies out there who can afford things for themselves every once and again , it is not such an evil to shop. But my question is this: Is shopping really an everyday thing like some of them make it out to be? While it is plausible that Paris Hilton can afford to say that shopping is her breadth and life, common Anwuli that lives in my back yard here go come tell me say her hobby too na shopping. Wetin she dey work sef? In the spirit of argument, I believe that people shop either when they have an imminent necessity or simply for Self-Gratification; But do you yield to self-gratification even when you don’t have the means?
How come I never see guys list shopping as one of their hobbies? Maybe we have a problem; I don’t know. For example if you asked me what my hobbies were I would say to you that I love to play my guitar, and produce music and then probably lie to you that I “love reading novels”. I try jare! After all i read a profile once where some dude said that he smoked for a hobby, while another said he chased women. Ok let’s say a couple of guys actually agree that one of their hobbies was shopping. That’s graspable. A young lad who’s doing well for himself feels like shopping and what does he get himself? A car. He doesn’t buy a car every Friday because he feels like it; he buys it because an occasion warrants it. If I may quote the dictionary, “Hobbies are practiced for interest and enjoyment, rather than financial reward. Examples include collecting, creative and artistic pursuits, making things, sports, cooking, and gardening to name a few”. And this is my favorite part: “Engaging in a hobby can lead to acquiring substantial skill, knowledge and experience”. Oya Anwuli tell me how you can acquire substantial skill, knowledge and experience from shopping. And I will ‘nack’ my head against this wall the day I hear a girl say that one of her hobbies is gardening.
Shopping is something you do out of compulsory necessity. It is not a leisure activity, I am sorry. Yes you should give yourself a treat occasionally! Birthdays, Christmas/festive seasons, anniversaries etcetera deserve it. Also, agreeably, we all know we can’t resist that temptation when we walk past a store and see that one jacket, or that one pair of shoes and we instantly realise it was made especially for no one else on this earth but us, that we go in and buy it with our rent money. I know this one girl who used to starve herself because she spent all her money on shoes; seriously. You don’t shop when you don’t have any money. And let’s not be fooled that they’re shopping for groceries. Girls don’t shop for groceries, women shop for groceries. Well, like the humans that we are, prone to error, I think it’s a behavioral pattern in women to be one track minded as men equally are. Let’s face it. While the average ambitious young man wants to do well and make enough money in order that he can retire before the age of thirty and give his family a good life, the average young woman wants to make enough money so that she can buy the world from whoever sells it to her; so much so that she has the effrontery to make shopping into a hobby.
I was arguing with some colleagues from work the other day and I said to them; “How can i work a 9 to 5 job every day and struggle to feed my family only for my wife to tell me that her hobby is shopping? Jimi where are you going? I’m going to work. And what are you doing today? I’m going shopping. Is it fair? Na wa o! Even for this recession some people dem hobby na shopping. Well, window shopping following for shopping sha. Even though I may come off as irrational, I’m just being cognitive.
Nne gossiping is a hobby. In fact the act of chewing gum sef is a hobby. Shopping is not a hobby! Lol