One thing everyone looks forward to when it comes time for retirement planning is the amount of hours freed up for leisure. There’s something about breaking away from the daily grind that elicits a sigh of relief from even the most dedicated workers. It’s almost as if you suddenly regain all those hours lost to commuting and late nights at the office, right? How do you fill them? It would be easy to just do more of what you already love, but you might find it’s not really how to enjoy your retirement hobbies are as diverse as the people celebrating their last day of work. Be adventurous! Find some new interests, it’s good for your health in many ways. Here are a few ideas:
Back to School
You may not be in the mood to enroll in college – though you certainly can – but chances are good your local university will offer a wide range of courses tailored specifically to retirees. Want to learn how to use the computer? Have an interest in meteorology? Engage your brain in whatever pursuits catch your fancy.
With the prevalence of good digital cameras at affordable prices, it’s easy to let your inner shutterbug run wild all over town. Snap all the pictures you can, then use your newfound computer skills to edit them, post them on the internet, or to even print and sell!
Have a cause that’s near and dear to your heart? Connect with local organizations helping to meet those needs. You might decide to serve breakfast to the homeless in the morning and spend your afternoons teaching underprivileged children how to read. There are a number of opportunities to help, so do some asking around.
Take Up a Sport
It’s no secret that exercise is a key part of remaining active for as long as possible. Some like to walk, others like to run, but why not go in a completely different direction? Local activity centers often set up “Masters” leagues in everything from badminton to swimming. In addition to providing you with a way to meet people, you’ll get the thrill of learning a new game.
Some afterschool programs, in an effort to encourage the imaginations of children, invite those who can spin a good yarn to sit with a handful of kids and create fanciful tales of knights in shining armor or distant worlds. Think of it as a way to tell a bedtime story during the day, except the audience will hear every word.
If you love animals, you could have a good time presenting them at pet shows. Whether you have a well-behaved beagle at home or simply have a way with birds, you might find the ability to walk a neighbor’s dog or train cats becomes a fun way to spend your day.
Retirees who are technologically inclined (or have grandchildren that are) have become part of the fastest-growing demographic among Internet users. A small investment in equipment – if your computer doesn’t already have the capability – and some basic skills with the web can help you share your wisdom with the world about anything you want.