Embracing Work Transitions: Retirement Ideas to Keep Active
As we grow older, times inevitably change. With that change comes retirement. Some may avoid retirement because they still feel a sense of purpose with their career and may love what they do. In fact, they may have been working so long that they don’t know what life is like without their work.
Others may have been looking forward to the day they retired only to find that their days are not as active and lively as they thought they would be.
“I had been working for over 50 years when I retired,” Larry Nicholson, a recent retiree, said. “Now, I have so much spare time on my hands I don’t know what to do with myself.”
Any of the above situations may describe you or someone you know. If you or your loved one are struggling in this newfound change with retirement, here are some ideas on how you can add routine and a little spontaneity to your retirement.
Get Involved in Your Community
Working a full time job oftentimes does not leave much room to participate in community volunteer events or attend your local Chamber of Commerce meetings. But the added free time you now have is a great opportunity to participate in activities and join clubs related to your age group. Check your local Chamber of Commerce to find clubs for your age group or other volunteer opportunities you can be a part of to make your routine regular again.
Pursue Your Passions
Pursue what you love—whether it be reading, knitting, fishing, scrapbooking, or playing cards. If you do not already know what you really enjoy, then take time to find a new hobby. Once you find something you enjoy and are pursuing your passion, share your hobby with others. If you love to knit, begin knitting a quilt for your loved one. Or if it is fishing you love, bring along your grandchild and teach them how to fish as well.
“One of the greatest things that has happened to me through retirement is getting to spend more time doing what I love with the people I love,” Nicholson said. “My favorite thing to do now is go hunting or fishing with my son and grandson.”
Traveling is a great way to use your time once you’re retired. This doesn’t mean you must travel across the world. Traveling could mean visiting a nearby town, going to your favorite baseball team’s game or visiting the beach with your family.
Your days do not have to be unproductive or boring; instead, they can be spent making a difference in your community or spending quality time with family and friends. Retirement can be a great time—it all depends on how you explore your new-found freedom.