Reposting this as I suspect this community might have more to say about how work like this fits into today’s context.
Whenever I’ve felt like it’s hard to articulate my hobbies, it’s often been linked to a sense of inferiority comparing what I do with my time and what I feel the person I’m talking to might do with theirs. So just a note to say: I really think most of what most people do day to day is absent of moral or social value–and that’s gotta be okay! It’s no more noble to read Game of Thrones than watch it, by virtue of medium alone (though you might personally like one way more than the other). And making something at home doesn’t bring anything more to the world than buying that thing (though you might get more satisfaction from one than the other).
Anyway, I find it encouraging to strip away normative weight from things-in-themselves this way. Then, it’s easier to build up what I want / ought to do with my time by considering things like what character traits I want to develop, and–most importantly–who I want to be surrounded by.
Hope that helps someone :)