It’s not “a hobby”…

I was in the kitchen at work the other day when a colleague said something about writing books being “a nice hobby to have”.

Work (defn.) – what you have to do to pay the bills when you’d rather be doing something more meaningful..?

It was, of course, small talk, and it was good of them to both know and then comment – but I was surprised how much I bristled internally. It’s not a hobby. It’s something I’ve been doing compulsively, religiously, almost without choice since I was five years old.

What’s the most appropriate word for that I wonder..? It’s neither work nor hobby that’s for sure.

In the end, I’m pleased my colleague knows and felt comfortable enough to comment. Small acorns possibly..?