Retirement is a stage in life that everyone in the rat race looks forward to.
It proves that you paid your dues to society, worked for a lengthy period, and it’s now time to open up the next chapter in your life.
Previously, when people retired, they didn’t have as much time to enjoy it. There wasn’t much to do, and they weren’t expected to live very long afterwards. With improvements in technology and health, people are living longer, and in some cases, are retired longer than they spent working!
So how can you spend your days with your new found freedom?
Here are 9 things to do when you retire:
When you were working, sure you may have had vacation time, but not enough to truly do some extensive traveling. You can use this time to explore your entire country, or travel internationally. Depending on the age you retire, you can get some great discounts for seniors on flights, cruises and public transportation.
Take the trips you’ve been postponing!
Go back to school
Whether you didn’t get a chance to finish college, or you went as far as you can go and have another interest, you should consider continuing your education. Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks (but I’m definitely not calling you old)? You don’t have to go full time unless you want to. You can take a class or two and further your learning. There’s even personal development classes offered via your city’s recreation department.
Maybe over the years, you’ve found a cause that you’re really passionate for.
Now you have the time to get involved instead of just donating to an organization. There are many volunteer roles for a variety of organizations. Just contact them, tell them you’re interested and passionate about the cause, and start devoting your time to it. This will be a great way to keep you busy.
Get a part time job
Some people have been working for so long, they’re not used to not having a job.
No one will fault you for wanting to continue working even after you retire. Find a part time job, whether it’s just to get out the house, to meet new people, to help out, or to get some additional money.
Many companies are more than happy to welcome a retiree on board.
Start a business
This can be something you’ve been wanting to do for years, or something you know you’ll be good at because of your job experience. Starting a business after retirement can be extremely rewarding. You now get to become your own boss, and do things how you want them done.
Don’t let your age be a factor; clients and customers, in many cases, prefer a seasoned veteran to deal with in small business.
If you’re retired, chances are your kids are all grown up and moved out.
There’s no need to stay in that huge house with just yourself and your spouse. Take this as a time to downsize, and save on your expenses. You can look into a smaller house, a nice condo or apartment, or even a senior community (which I’ve noticed have some of the nicest living arrangements).
This is also a great chance to move to a more comfortable city, without having to worry about a job.
Many retirees retreat and keep to themselves, and long for additional human interaction.
Well, what are you waiting for?
Join a club, head to meetups, even get involved on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. It’s not just for young people anymore. Don’t sit idly; get out and enjoy yourself.
My best teachers have been the ones who really had some life experience under their belt.
You have a lot to offer knowledge wise. You may not have a teaching credential but you can teach a personal development class at your community center, or even offer classes online. There are teaching programs out there that will fast-track your credentials based on your work experience as well.
And you know what? As a teacher, you might be eligible for a pension, medical benefits, and more.
Blogs are an open forum for anyone who can type!
If you have something to say, blogging can be a great opportunity for you. There’s so many different subjects, just pick one and start! A successful blog doesn’t just grow overnight, though. You’ll have to interact with other bloggers, and market your blog just like any other type of business.
Now you have several different things to choose from. You don’t have to be the designated baby sitter when you have so many opportunities and things you can do during your retirement. Try something out!