First you have to figure out if you actually like having a hobby or just like the idea of having a hobby. The people you see who are good at their hobbies have been at it for a long time.
A book that is mostly about jobs, but would apply to this as well is "So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love". The TL;DR is this: "Follow your passion" is bad advice. Either you already know your passion (in which case you didn't need the advice) or you don't (in which case it's worthless to you). The idea is that passion is something that normally forms once you have a certain level of expertise in the area. Thus you should look into something that you have interest in and stick with it. Don't expect to feel passionate on your first try. Just start.
>I wasted my whole life passively consuming media
Did you though? Did you not enjoy yourself doing so? Or are you accepting other peoples' value judgements as your own? Consuming media isn't a bad thing necessarily. Personally I don't find it nearly as fulfilling as creating something, but people are different.
Here's some creative hobbies that you might consider:
* Music (any instrument really)
* Electronics (circuit design, hardware hacking)
* Sculpting (with clay or other materials)
* Other art (I like doing digital collages for example)
* 3DCG (Blender is free and great)
There's so much more, and a lot of them don't need a lot of upfront cost or good equipment either.
* learning languages actually gives me a similar feeling to a certain extend. Learning them is much less fun than the other hobbies, but every language you learn opens up parts of the internet and entire different cultures that you can appreciate. English, french, spanish, german and chinese communities online and in real life are vastly different. Being able to consume their media and communicate with them (even if only horribly badly) is fun.