A friend recently retired after many years as a partner in a thriving business. He wanted to get out of the rat race and I wish him well, but I don’t believe he is prepared for retirement and I don’t believe he is going to “make it”!
I asked him what he was going to do with all his new found free time and he didn’t have a clue. He said he was just going to lounge around. I mentioned that he could now help his wife with the yard work (she has always done it) and work around the house. He wouldn’t hear it. Never did it and not going to start now.
The next year or so ought to be interesting!
There are so many fun and exciting things to do in retirement. Here are just a few suggestions.
Ideas For Enjoying Retirement
By Stewart Wrighter
Retirement is an exciting time, but after a lifetime of working, it may be a challenge to decide what to do next. Many people retire; only to find out they are bored and not sure what direction their new lives should take. The truth is; there is plenty to do during your retirement years. The key is to letting go of your work schedule, learning to relax and focusing on the things in your life that bring you joy. There are some who feel guilty if they are not working. If this is the challenge you are facing, you need to find ways to keep busy and engage in constructive activities that make you feel happy. This will alleviate your feeling of uselessness and your lack of direction. One way to enjoy your retirement is to get in a recreational vehicle and see the country. Your free time enables you to travel to places you would have otherwise never seen. You will need a vehicle, RV insurance, so get plenty of RV insurance quotes, a map and spending money for the trip. Driving around the country is an experience everyone should enjoy in their life.
In addition to domestic travel, consider planning an international trip. Because of cost and time, working people may not have the opportunity to take international vacations. Once you have retired and your employment days are behind you, there is plenty of time to see parts of the world you have often fantasized about enjoying. Your vacations can be planned according to your schedule, so if you want to spend more time in a particular destination, your time frame is now entirely up to you. International travel is an investment that will leave you with memories and life lessons you will not regret.
Many retired individuals who have lived in a region of the country because of their employment. You might live in a climate that is cold and snowy just because that is where you found work. Now that you have retired, you can move to any part of the country you desire. You can base your move on being closer to family, on lower taxes and retirement benefits or on the climate. As we age, our bodies do not work as well as they once did and you may find the weather plays a role in how you feel on the day-to-day basis. Living in a warm, sunny climate where you can stay active is a great way to live a healthy lifestyle.
Hobbies are a great way to spend your retirement. Since no longer being an employee gives you plenty of free time, you can fill it with activities that bring you joy. Many retired individuals work on crafts, read, go fishing, golf, hike, garden or participate in social or volunteer clubs. Since you will not be interacting with co-workers on the daily basis, you need to find ways to socialize and stay active in your community.
Finally, you can spend more time with your grandchildren. If your kids have kids who spend their days in daycare facilities, you may even want to assume some of the responsibility of caring for them. If your health is good and you want to build a relationship with your grandchildren, taking up some of their care will help you achieve this.