With this hobby you can do your own thing.   With stamps, you can collect what you like, how you like, when you like.  It is your pleasure, you decide, there are no rules.*

Except *, there are display rules if or when you take part in competitions or exhibitions.   

Yes, you decide what you want from the hobby – it is an easy hobby.  You need not spend much money on the hobby, and what you acquire is not wasted because it stays in your album. 

You can spend as much or as little time on it as you want.  You can work with your stamps any time, day or night or rain or shine .. it is a weatherproof hobby.

It is fantastic that you can learn things while you actually relax.  Sharpen your general knowledge.  You can enjoy the detective work, finding out where a stamp comes from, when it was issued, what it symbolises, and so on.  You become a discoverer.

Stamp collecting dispels boredom, enlarges our vision,
broadens our knowledge, makes us better citizens and
in innumerable ways, enriches your lives.

                                               Franklin D Roosevelt, US President 1933-1945


I watched him with much interest and in silence .. as he
stuck stamps, each in its proper place, and so forgot
the cares of state.

                                       Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister 1940-1945, on meeting with President Roosevelt


Indeed, the number one hobby, relaxing and enjoyable …