Frequently, they make statements such as, "I don't want to play golf every day," "I don't want to get roped into babysitting my grandkids too often," "I'm not the type to play bridge all the time," or "I hate just sitting around the house watching TV."
As I have mentioned before, I live in an over-55 retirement community with lots of activities ... more than any human being could possibly do. Within weeks of retiring from my job, I had signed up for a circuit training class three days a week and a yoga class twice a week. I also joined the Writer's Club and was pleasantly surprised by the number of published authors in my community. Before retiring, I had already been involved in horseback riding and walking on the beach every weekend. In other words, I quickly got involved in a wide variety of activities.
In addition, I also drive two of my grandchildren to school every morning during the school year. While they could ride their bikes or walk to school, I actually enjoy having the freedom to pick up these two grandkids and spend that twenty minutes or so in the morning with them. One day a week, when my granddaughter has a late start at school, I take her to Starbucks and we sit and chat for half an hour before I drop her off. This extra time with my grandkids has been one of the perks of retirement.
I've also discovered that I like cooking again ... at least once in a while. Let's face it, when you are a working wife and mother, it gets to the point where dinner is whatever you can put on the table. In the past, I was most inclined to stop and pick up a pre-cooked chicken, order pizza or sushi, or do something easy that required the least cooking possible. Now I'm preparing full meals that take a little more effort. While I still fall back on my easy meal ideas a few times a week, I find that I am cooking more often than I have in years ... and actually enjoying it.
Of course, I also write this blog and provide content for a number of websites. This not only is a creative outlet for me, but also provides additional retirement income, doing something I love.
However, this is my personal experience. So, prior to writing this post, I also decided to canvas some of my friends who do not live in a retirement community and do not have grandkids that live nearby. What surprised me is that they have no trouble filling up their free time, as well.
Some of them have signed up for classes from the local community college or senior center. They also enjoy being able to engage in activities that they couldn't spend much time on before ... painting, writing books, hiking, reading and having lunch with friends. They are cooking, gardening, spending time with grandkids, traveling, redecorating their homes, volunteering for charities, driving Meals on Wheels, and so much more.
While our level of activity will, of course, decline as we get older, I have discovered that Baby Boomers are finding a wide variety of ways to stay busy and enjoy their retirement. In fact, one refrain that I heard over and over again is, "I'm so busy now, that I don't know how I found the time to work!"
So, if you are hesitant to retire because you believe you will be bored or you won't have enough to do, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Anyone who has the energy to work all day will be eager to find more enjoyable things to do after retirement! Jump right in ... the water's fine!
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