Retirement: It’s Time to Indulge Your Passions

Written by Veselina Dzhingarova

Ah, retirement. No more 9 to 5, no more work-related stress and anxiety, and no more pushing your health and happiness to the back burner. If you’re recently retired, now is the time to explore your interests and indulge your passions. However, this often easier said than done. Faced with the free time retirement offers, many of us feel unsure, overwhelmed and at a loss for how to fill our days. Thankfully, anyone can learn how to make the most of their retirement. Keep reading to find out how!

Pursue Your Interests

During our working lives, it’s often a challenge to find the time to pursue our hobbies and interests. Thankfully, retirement comes with plenty of free time to explore those interests, as well as try fun new hobbies and activities. If you’ve always loved art, now is the time to take an art class, or even devote one afternoon each week to trips to a museum or gallery; if sports are your thing, consider investing is season tickets to see your favorite team, or check out local leagues and other sporting events. Another great idea for sports fans is to host weekly game-night parties at home. For example, if you love the Phillies or the Eagles, Philadelphia Direct TV local sports channels offer access to live games during the season. Host potluck dinners, and cheer on your favorite teams in the comfort of your home!

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

In addition to exploring our lifelong interests, retirement provides the perfect opportunity to pursue activities just outside our comfort zones. For example, if you’ve always been a homebody, you might find some fun and excitement in travel. Likewise, if you’re not the outdoorsy type, healthy activities like hiking or biking may give you a fresh new perspective on life. By testing your boundaries a little, you could discover new passions and interests, which can promote feelings of happiness and fulfillment.

Focus on Your Relationships

Working full time, year after year can take a toll on even the strongest relationships. However, retirement can offer the free time couples need to reconnect and strengthen bonds. Date nights during the week, shared activities, and quiet mornings together can help couples in retirement focus on their relationships and enjoy this new phase of life. Retired singles, as well, now have the time to focus on friends, family and exploring new relationships. Joining book clubs, attending seminars and checking out local events are just a few ways you can get out there, meet new people, and try new things.

Get Involved in Your Community

No matter who you are or where you live, you’re bound to have something to offer your community. Retirement can be the perfect time to get involved, which can also provide opportunities for staying busy and meeting new people. Get involved in ways like the following:

  • Volunteer. From animal shelters to local schools and nursing homes, there are plenty of ways you can pitch in. Choose a cause that’s close to your heart, and find out how you can help.
  • Participate. Community theater, cleanup projects, neighborhood watch groups and other local organizations are always looking for willing participants. Choose something that showcases your talents, or go for something totally new; either way, you’ll make a great contribution to your community and its people.
  • Support. Even if you don’t participate in local groups or events, you can still show your support for your community. Great ways to do this include attending local plays, cheering on local sports teams, and supporting local businesses.

Although retirement has its own challenges, it can undoubtedly be the best time of your life. Use the tips provided here, and get busy doing all the things you’ve always wanted to do. You deserve it.

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About LoveBeingRetired

Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World On Retirement and his personal blog Retirement – Only the Beginning. He has authored three books: "Are you just existing and calling it a life?"; "I want to retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be"; and " Navigating the Retirement Jungle". Dave was also a contributing writer for the books 65 Things to do when you Retire (“Positive Aging – Old is the New Young”) as well as 65 Things to do when you Retire – TRAVEL (“Travel to Discover your Family Heritage”). He lives in sunny California with his wife, his Boston Terrier "Frank" and a passion for the San Jose Sharks.