There are hobbies you have that you do not yet know and do not fully get the benefits.

Or maybe not knowing maximises the benefits.

I don’t know which is true or if both hold true.

One such hobby for me is looking for design choices that make some spaces pleasurable to be in, and choices that dampen the mood.

Growing up, I always wondered what made some hotels charge premiums and others charge just enough to run the business one more day.

As my income grew and could afford plush hotels, I found that their design deliberately makes one slow down.

The low cost hotels seem to be designed to make you feel rushed.

Let us take the towels. There are hotels where the towels give you a bear hug, and there are hotels where the towels leave “claw” marks.

Plush towels are not significantly more expensive than coarse towels, if you are deliberate about design, but that is a big “if”.

I take the learnings from plush hotels and try to apply to my home, because why not?

It is space management to make you feel free, not cramped.
It is natural lighting that can flood the room if requested, not always needing the lights.
It is lighting that can be regulated to suit mood, not just manage what you have.
It is white plush sheets, not needless mosaics on sheets.
It is comfortable pillows, not rocks to lay the head on.
It is clean toilets, not where you cannot wait to jump off.
It is quiet cooling, not a noisy co-occupant.

I might not be able to reproduce all at once, but I am deliberate in making that choice.

I understand that the space I sleep in contributes significantly to the quality of my day.

What is a hobby you have that you do not even notice because it is not in the regular bucket?

– Osasu Oviawe

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