By : Matt Rhoney
If you are thinking about retiring, wondering what you’ll do with all your free time is likely something that has also crossed your mind. If you are like the average American, the past three decades have been mainly consumed by job and career duties. Retiring may mean finding new ways to fill in schedules that are no longer occupied by meetings or other job responsibilities. This is the perfect time to pursue the things that you never had time for before. This can be an exciting time of introspection and re-evaluating what gives you a sense of fulfillment. If you haven’t decided what to do in this next phase of your life, here are some great ideas to consider.
1. Travel-It’s time to start crossing some of those dream destinations off your bucket list. What better time than now to learn a new language or immerse yourself in a new culture? Traveling inspires creativity, and learning a new language can keep your mind sharp. Adapting to a new culture can also make you re-evaluate how you view your own life and culture.
2. Blog-Blogging is a great way to record your thoughts and memories. It’s the diary of the current age. However, it can also be a viable business. Consider this as an opportunity to bank on a hobby that you enjoy. The best part: you can do it from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection.
3. Earn A Degree-If you never got around to finishing your PhD, pursuing a degree after retirement is a great time to not only learn, but truly appreciate this new gained knowledge. A great added bonus is finally being able to place “Dr.” before your name!
4. Write a Book-Have stories to tell? Why not write them down. There are dozens of self-publishing companies that can help get your book to an audience.
5. Read More Books-If writing is just not your thing, consider reading. Focus on a particular subject that you are interested in such as Greek Mythology. Crack open a book on a beautiful Greek beach for a truly immersive experience.
6. Pick Up a Sport-Depending on your level of athleticism, you may want to start slow and work your way up to more physically challenging activities. This can help keep you active and independent. It’s a great way to retain your independence, and stay away from nursing homes or assisted living for a good long while.
7. Create a Club-Retirement is a great time to keep in touch with old friends and make new friends. Creating a club allows you to bring like-minded individuals together. Taste wine with new friends, or hold weekly chess or poker tournaments.
8. Challenge Yourself-Have you ever climbed a mountain? Why not now?
9. Volunteer-If you feel like you were not able to give back enough during your work years, now is the time to do it. Reach out to local churches or organizations that align with causes that you care about.
10. Learn a Craft- From woodworking, sewing, gardening, to arts and crafts, the possibilities are endless. Working with your hands is a fulfilling way to create something that you enjoy, and let your creativity set the bounds.
What are planning on doing when you retire? Please leave your comments below: