Many people spend a long time looking forward to reaching retirement, only to find once it arrives they’re bored and in need of something to do. This is a fantastic time for you to try new things without the responsibilities and worries of work getting in your way. So, whether it’s something you’ve always fancied trying, or you are looking for something totally new, go for it!
This might seem an odd choice, but why not? Keeping your brain active is a great way to stay young, but it can also be enormously enjoyable. If you fancy a real challenge, why not try an online MPH degree. There are so many online courses available now, not only degrees, but less challenging courses if you just want to learn something new. If you have had a career in the healthcare industry, a master of public health could give you a chance to learn things from a different perspective, or to focus your knowledge on a specialist topic.
Retirement is the perfect time to see the world. You’ve probably got a bit more money, and sense, than you had when you were a student. Why not make a list of places you’ve always wanted to see, and get started?
Learn to Cook
Most people can cook to some extent, but learning new skills and recipes is always a fun challenge. Another bonus is getting to eat it all afterwards. Join a class, or just experiment yourself. Learning to cook can be incredibly rewarding.
While we’re working, and raising families, we very rarely get time to just sit and read for pleasure. We get lost in work documents or children’s books, and forget the joy, and the escapism that getting stuck in to a good book can bring.
Photography is a great hobby, as well as being one you can self-teach quite successfully. Just have a go. Experiment with a camera, and create beautiful images to cherish.
Start a Blog
Blogging can seem like a young person’s thing, but why? Those in retirement quite often have a lot more to say, and a lot more knowledge and wisdom to share. A blog gives you a great platform to do it. It’s probably a lot easier than you think.
Doing a bit of volunteer work can be great if you feel like you’ve lost some purpose since leaving work. You may not want the stresses of a full-time job anymore, but volunteering for a few hours a week could give you a sense of helping others, and being needed again.
Take up a new sport. It doesn’t have to be too energetic or hands on. Biking riding is a good option. It gets you out meeting some new people, getting some fresh air and exercise, but you can take it at your own pace. It only has to be as challenging as you want it to be.
These are just a few of the many options available to you. With people generally living longer and healthier lives, retirement doesn’t mean you suddenly need to be old. Enjoy these years, try new things, and make the most of your freedom. You may even find it helps you stay fit and healthy for a lot longer.