As you go into middle and high school, you may find that your time becomes more structured, and you may end up having less free time. A lot of the time, this is fine: it just means that you’re spending more time on after-school activities and homework, as well as more time with friends. However, it can be hard at first to find a way to continue doing the things that you love, outside of school. The good news is that, as you get older and have more freedom, you have wonderful opportunities to do the things that you find fun and interesting, as long as you’re willing to make the time for them.
One way to do this is to incorporate what interests you into something you’re learning in school. For example, when I was in fourth grade, I got very interested in the Titanic. I would go home from school nearly every day and spend a few hours reading about the Titanic and learning about passengers on the ship. Between homework, sports, and spending time with friends and family, it might have been hard to make time to learn about the Titanic – so I asked my teacher if I could study the Titanic as part of our history unit in class. She helped me work what was interesting to me into the homework I would need to do anyway. It was a win-win: it made homework way more fun and interesting, and gave me plenty of time to study what I loved!
Another way to make time for your passions is to start a club or join a team. Love to play music? Start a band with some friends! Want to make more time to read for fun, not just for school? Ask your mom if she wants to start a mother-daughter book club! Interested in learning to rock climb? Find a gym in your area and take some classes! If you are spending time on something with a group of other people, you get to share your love of it, and you might even meet new people with similar interests.
The important thing to remember is that, even if you get busier in middle and high school, there can always be time to do the things that you simply enjoy. You can make your passions a priority in your life, both by making them part of the things you’d need to do anyway and by creating free time for them. Happy exploring!