Some hobbies are really easy. Like, watching T.V., bungee jumping, arbitrary rock collecting and staring at the wall.
Others require a bit more skill, like scuba diving, finger painting, jump roping and patchwork quilt making.
Then, you have the hobbies that require quite a lot of adroitness indeed. Like under-water origami, haiku writing in a headstand position, part-time Quantum Physics in the bath tub of Newton's 'Love Hotel', and doing your taxes
in the dark
with a zebra balanced on your head.
Yeah, those are pass-times that would certainly give you a deep respect for Sisyphus and his stubborn stone.
But, I have to say that the MOST difficult (as well as utterly heinous and time-consuming) hobby would have to be
I mean, let's think about this…
(Warning: this is not for the faint of dark humour)
First, you have to acquire a head. Preferably from one of your arch-foes.
Then, you have to slit open the head and carefully peel the dermal husk from it to be saved.
Then, you have to coordinate a meeting with the Spirit of the Anaconda in the river to arrange a sacrifice of skull and sticky brains. (this task can be particularly hard, as the spirit of the anaconda has quite a busy schedule)
Next, you have to get yourself some chinchipi plant juice (maybe it's just me, but I can't find it in any of the local supermarkets).
Then boil with water for a few hours.
After that, simply throw the head in and watch it shrink. (Parental Supervision Advised)
And finally, it's a mere matter of shaking the head filled with heated stones for about a week, sewing three bamboo pegs in its mouth and charcoal painting its face so the spirit can't come back and drop in, uninvited to dinner parties.
And, voila! You've shrunk a head!
Now, display it on a sharp fence pole.
And, there you have it. My Top Pick for Difficult-Hobbies-you-hope-your-child-will-never-try.
(Sidenote: When I have a child, I think I'll give him a stack of origami paper, some paints, a scuba get-up and ask him to contemplate balancing a zebra on his head in the Space-Time contiunum. Yeah, I know. Some people just shouldn't have kids.)