It used to be that during retirement each day presents a new opportunity to try something new. That was pre-Covid. But this year, 2022, we will be emerging post Covid. Many of us got our vaccine shots and boosters. It is time to start looking to the our future plans and activities.
In fact, each day allows for the freedom of choice and allows the retiree to explore new things as a well-deserved reward for all of the hard work accomplished after years of employment. However, for us retirees it has been quite a challenge to keep things interesting and exciting during those long periods of time every day at home.
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 and post Covid. Looking for help?
Here is a list of fun and entertaining ideas to keep retirement anything but mundane:
1. Visit Parks We have so many local, state and national parks all around us. Rent a cabin in one of your state parks.
2. Start Hiking Again getting outdoors will be nice. Nature is so refreshing.
3. Socialize with your family and friends. We got our vaccine shots, I think many with want to get together again. Can we get back to normal. I think we can.
4. Keep up the walking. Enter some of the local races and just walk. Walk local parks and gardens, down towns and other places other than your regular route.
5. Play games. Already looking forward to playing bocce and some pickleball. How about you? Or start collecting things….I collect exposition medals and tokens.
6. Spend time with loved ones. This one may seem obvious, but retirement can keep you busy traveling, taking up new activities and entertaining. With all that retirement offers, you may find yourself a little busy and your loved ones a bit neglected. Remember to spend time with your family and friends to ensure that relationships are strengthened during your retirement years. Many of use have not seen the relatives in two years now. It’s time to pay a visit! Family vacations and frequent dinners together are always great activities to keep loved ones close.
7. Become a foodie. While you may not become the next food critic on television you can enjoy the experience of tasting new and exciting foods that you have never encountered before. Make a list of the types of foods you would like to try and conduct some research on where to go. Set a schedule and take your loved one out for dinner to a new place every week.
8. Find a charitable organization to take part in. Retirement years are a great time to give back to the community you live in. Find volunteer options that suit your skills and carry out something rewarding locally or even globally. There is a tremendous need for volunteers in all sects of public service.
9. Plan a remodel. We have been spending a lot of time at home the past two years. Is there a part of the house that you have wanted to restructure for some time? Well, there is no time like the present retirement state. Now that you have a little time on your hands, use this valuable resource to design some home improvements. Rather than moving into another home, make your current one an even better place to live.
10. Move to an Active Adult Community – Want to have more fun, then move to an Active Adult Community, like Del Webb, Cresswind or The Villages. There are tons of fun things to do and people to do them with.
Do nothing – you deserve it. You may have developed a slower routine in the stay at home times we have had. You may have taken time to relax and enjoy certain things not enjoyed before. Keep what you like. Rather than thinking of nothing as a bad thing, think of all the times you were too busy to even think straight. Nothing can be a good thing, especially during retirement. There are days when you will want to keep busy, but on occasion you may want to slow down, curl up on the hammock and take a nap. Learn to mediate! There is nothing wrong with a little rest and relaxation. You deserve it!