Certainly there are occasional projects and tasks around the house, but when you are talking about filling 20 to 30 years of significant and worthwhile things to do, the task may seem a bit overwhelming. With the kids grown, no more getting up for work, and the dogs only needing to be walked one to two times per day, many find it challenging to keep life spiced up post-retirement. Looking for help?
1. Take a trip to someplace you and your spouse have never been before. The fun is in the planning. Poor your heart into researching the area thoroughly, create a comprehensive, but flexible, itinerary and have the time of your life. The new destination should be seen as a place to discover and experience together. Creating memories is one of the best things you can do during retirement.
2. Take up a new hobby. Tired of golfing Monday through Friday or water aerobics every Wednesday afternoon? If you need something new in your life, it may be time to take up a new hobby and expand your interests. Do something you have never done before but always wanted to try. While jumping from an airplane may be a little risky for your taste, offer yourself something new by attending an organic gardening classgardening class, taking a painting course or learning a new card game.
3. Learn to make music and impress your family and friends.Who ever said you couldn’t teach an old dog new tricks, did not consider music. You are never too old to take guitar or piano lessons. Wow your friends and family with a personal recital after dinner. Simply choose an instrument you have always wanted to learn to play and sign up for lessons. Before you know it you will be making music.
4. Spice it up in the bedroom. Go to Amazon.com and search for “sex toys”. Buy something for yourself or for your partner. Look for most popular ones and spend $10 and give it a try. You don’t have to carried away, but be sure to step outside of your comfort zone and be willing to add a little flavor in the bedroom. While you may be embarrassed, your partner will probably enjoy the fact that you invested time to add a little spice.
5. Get active or take up a new sport. Just like hobbies, things can get a little mundane with repetition. If you are already a fitness enthusiast, try a new sport or enter a competition. Many retirees are completing their first half-marathon or full marathon, race walking, taking up snow skiing, or finally signing up for diving lessons well into their golden years.
6. Join a sporting group or team. If you want a little accountability to your exercise program or athletic activity, joint a group. Work as a team toward the common goal of getting fit. A softball team or swimming group can provide hours of enjoyment, laughs and exercise.
7. Learn a foreign language before your trip. Whether you are traveling to a new land or recently made friends with people from another country, now is the time to learn a foreign language. Your mind will be kept sharp as you learn and practice the new language. Incorporate the culture and before you know it, you will be ready for a new adventure to Italy, Sweden or the Philippines.
8. Join a book club. While it may not seem like the most exciting thing to do during your retirement, the social interaction and enjoyment you get from reading a good book can do wonders for the psyche. Aim to read a book you have always wanted to read. Maybe you skipped the classics in school and now want to find out what all the chatter is about Mark Twain or Hemingway.
9. Take a course at a local college, university or trade school on a subject you may like. Many schools offer senior discounts or allow you to audit the class for no credit and a small fee. Whether it is a pottery class or astronomy course, you will find great enjoyment learning alongside young and bright minds in a higher education environment. Remember, you have a lot to offer these kids with your wisdom and life experience.
10. Finish your college degree. If it is more than a class you need to finish your college degree, consider going back to school and getting your diploma. Many colleges and state universities offer discounts to retirees. While you may not do anything with the degree you receive, at least you will receive the satisfaction of knowing you completed something you started.