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Jim Schweikert

Tips For New Hobbies in Retirement

Published on
April 22, 2022

Some people know what they want to accomplish with their lives even as children. They are driven, are preparing for their future, and have chosen rewarding occupations. However, not everyone is that fortunate. Perhaps you aspired to be a doctor but were unable to pass advanced chemistry. Maybe you played football until you were tackled by a 300-pound opponent. Perhaps you didn't know what you wanted to do and settled for a job that was accessible at the time, paid the bills, and was rewarding enough to keep you going.

You don't have to work for a living after you retire. It's time to quit settling and start pursuing your hobbies in retirement. What if you don't have a passion or aren't sure what it is? Here are some simple tips to figure out what you actually want to do after you retire. Answer the questions honestly to aid in the discovery of fun ways to spend your time after retirement.

What aspects of your job did you enjoy and which did you despise? Perhaps you detested sitting at your desk but delighted in planning and attending meetings. If that's the case, your church or community center can benefit from your assistance as a volunteer who plans programs and trips. If you enjoy collaborating with people to achieve a shared objective, and if you didn't like to travel for work maybe consider hobbies closer to home.

What would you want to know more about? Obtain a catalog from your local adult education program or your community college's continuing education section. Take a look at the course descriptions. Maybe you've always wanted to learn more about history, yoga, technology, or another language. Even if you don't want to attend a course, this activity might help you figure out where your interests are and where you should focus your efforts.

Do you prefer to work alone or in a group setting? If you enjoy being a part of a group, you definitely don't want to spend hours writing your memoirs in your home office or doing crafts in your garage. Remember to organize social events on a regular basis, or choose a volunteer or part-time employment with a social component. If you love spending time alone, a schedule jam-packed with volunteer responsibilities is probably not for you.

Do you enjoy being outside? If you do, you might want to consider relocating to a warmer area where you can go hiking, kayaking, or play golf or tennis all year. Joining a league that provides a competitive outlet or helps you set a goal to focus your activities could be appealing. If you enjoy a four- or five-mile trek in your neighborhood park, the Appalachian Trail or the Camino de Santiago in Spain can be the perfect challenge for you.

Do you prefer physical or mental exertion? You are aware that you should exercise, but be honest with yourself. If working out isn't your thing, establish plans to obtain the bare minimum of exercise to maintain your health, and then focus your efforts on what you truly like. You might go for a stroll before going to a bridge or chess club, or after your volunteer work at the town historical society, you may go to a yoga session.

Do you enjoy assisting others? In retirement, there are several chances to volunteer. You may assist elderly with food or transportation, or you could tutor youngsters to help them improve their reading and writing abilities. Check your local listings on volunteermatch.org or ask around at your church or community center.

Do you prefer familiar surroundings or do you want continual change? If you've spent your whole life in one area and have solid roots in the community, chances are you'll be content to age in there. However, you may have a long-held longing to break out and explore new territory. You might rent a motor home and try out the RV lifestyle for a bit, or you could travel abroad to see whether you enjoy the adventure of seeing a new country.

Try out a few other hobbies. Take a photography class, go camping for three days, or volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Take note of what piques your curiosity and what makes you uninterested. Experimenting with several activities, particularly early in retirement, might help you discover your passion. And one pastime may not be sufficient to meet all of your requirements. In the afternoon, you may interact with a walking group before retiring to the solitude of your own house to snuggle up with a book or Netflix.

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