I grew up trying plenty of activities available in Sweden. The usual suspects, football, basketball, floorball, hockey and volleyball ... plus several others like gymnastics, athletics (running, hurdles, spear throwing, rings etc), wrestling, swimming, handball, orienteering, skiing (both horizontally and vertically), snowboarding, skateboarding, biking, motorcross, riverrafting, kayaking, canoeing, sang in a choir, played for the chessteam in elementary school and probably more stuff I can't even remember doing (or want to, like modelling a spat when I was a teenager ... jeans for a local clothing store *laughs*). Some things I did for several years, some only for a summer or a winter.
Initially football (soccer if you will) had me for years, as a goalie for most of the time, but also last-of-the-line defender. But for the most part of growing up, I played volleyball more than anything else I did, even made it up to the elite for a spat (while in late high school), when a knee injury pretty much put a stop to my plans.
After high school I was drafted, as all young men were back then, but instead of finishing that off I applied to a transfer to the civilian Rescue Service instead. Not that I had any issues with the military, I just found that being a fireman or any other capacity within the emergency personnel was more interesting. I finished my training, as well as an extra year of mine sweeping (for lack of better word), then as part of the program worked as a fireman for about half a year, followed by a year of real service after that. My old knee injury got worse though and at that point I decided to study instead.
I went back to study Information System Analysis at the university, studied for a few years and alongside that I met the mother of my daughter and we had our daughter. I kept trying to play volleyball in the student leagues, which was fun for a while, but eventually I had to stop again due to the old injury.
After that real life settled in, I got a job at the Student Support governmental branch and while I've had various roles there, for the past year and a half I've been working with datawarehousing and supplying our statistics personnel or various other governmental branches and even the media with whatever material they need. It's fun and I don't plan on moving, I get to dig up stuff about any conceivable part of the work we do, develop new user-friendly front-ends for stuff they want on a regular basis and lots of fun and varying stuff.
As for hobbies, I am a game-a-holic just like the rest of you. Games like citybuilders, roleplaying games, strategy games and squad-based tactical games make up for a bulk of my collection. Few MMOs stuck with me, so while I tried almost all of them, Guild Wars and EVE were the only ones I really fell for. I'm definitely not one for mainstream gaming. You can probably call me an elitist PC-user too, as the only console I have is the old Nintendo Gamecube for Zelda
My achilles heel are squad-based strategy games with base-building. So I spent countless of hours on playing the X-COM games, the Jagged Alliance games, UFO-trilogy, the new Jagged Alliance. I also have a soft spot for strategic games and city/civilization-builder games, so the older Command & Conquer games, Red Alert etc, Civilization and Simcity are responsible for countless hours of lost sleep as well over the decades. The Dawn of War series was like a match made in heaven for me, I hadn't lost myself in gaming like that for years before they came out ... it was almost as bad as back in the X-COM days
I also love reading, but only when I find my inner calm. When I do though, I disappear just as badly as I do when starting a new city in Simcity 4 or a new game of UFO Afterlife ... scary, sometimes. Luckily even the heaviest of books end, and I return to the land of the living