Retiring is an exciting and liberating time of your life.
This new season of your life should be complemented with great hobbies that are also exciting and liberating! When looking for a new hobby, you’ll probably be suggested typical retiree hobbies like knitting or golfing.
Don’t be afraid to change up the status quo.
So where do you even begin? Lucky for you, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of eight hobbies to take up in retirement.
Keep reading to find your next hobby.
1. A Change of Scenery
With your newfound freedom and opportunity for relaxation, you now have more time to change up your day-to-day.
If you’re looking for something to occupy your time, consider moving! Have you always lived in the country? Consider moving to the city.
Always lived in the city? The country might be a peaceful new opportunity.
Moving into a new environment is a way to intentionally force yourself to adapt and grow. You’ve probably heard the saying that if you’re not changing, you’re not growing.
Moving can provide you with a new perspective and opportunity for growth.
2. Think of the Kids
You have years and years of wisdom.
It would be a shame if that wisdom wasn’t shared with others. If you’ve just retired, consider becoming a mentor.
Mentoring is a great way to walk alongside the upcoming generations in a positive and encouraging way.
Don’t know any young people that could use a little guidance? No worries!
There are tons of great organizations that will facilitate connecting you to someone seeking a mentor, based on their goals and your expertise and qualifications.
3. Go See the World
One of the biggest regrets people have in their life is never traveling and seeing the world.
If you’ve just retired, you have the perfect opportunity to remedy this. Whether this is domestic or international travel, you can’t go wrong.
Break out a map. Close your eyes and point to a place. Open your eyes and there you go! You’ve got a new destination with your name on it. Go have an adventure.
4. Pick up Some Part Time
For some retirees, it’s difficult to not have structure or a routine.
If you find yourself in this category, consider finding a part-time job. This could be something that you have expertise in, have always wanted to do, or is just a really simple part-time thing to put your energy into.
Having a part-time job will allow you to socialize with other people on a regular basis, get that desired structure, and put some extra change in your pocket.
It’s a win-win!
5. Start a Blog
Do you enjoy technology and staying connected via the internet? Well if you’ve just retired and this is you, you should consider starting a blog.
Starting a blog is an easy process that can connect you to like-minded individuals who share your passions. The great thing about the internet is that you can find like-minded individuals no matter how random or specific your niche might be.
Whatever your hobbies are and you enjoy doing, there’s almost a 100% chance that at least one other person shares this passion and has access to the internet.
With a blog, you can create a consistent schedule of content, design a website that allows you to be creative, and share your passion with people you might not meet in your day-to-day life.
6. Find Your Fitness Niche
When people are working full-time jobs and in the thick of their career, they often say that working out isn’t a realistic part of their week.
Well, now that you’re retired, that’s not the case anymore!
There are dozens and dozens of benefits of working out on a regular basis.
Head on down to your local gym or exercise club and find what fitness fits your style. The key to incorporating fitness into your lifestyle is to look for a type of exercise that you find fun and entertaining.
Working out doesn’t have to be boring and consist of running on a treadmill for eternity (unless you like that kind of thing).
Dancing, kickboxing, walking, swimming, rock climbing or recreational sports are great ways to work out without feeling like you’re working out
If you like the routine that we talked about earlier, having a consistent workout regiment is a great way to create that structure.
7. Volunteer & Public Service
Some retirees find great value and satisfaction in volunteering.
If you’re looking for a way to impact and serve your community, get involved by volunteering! Homeless shelters, relief centers, churches, and non-profits are often looking for positive and diligent people to contribute to their cause.
If you’ve been following a cause or non-profit for a while and have a heart to serve, reach out to them and volunteer.
Another altruistic way to spend your retirement is being a part of local government and the political process. In your retirement, you could donate your time by joining a school board or becoming a local representative.
8. Get Your Degree
The last thing we think you should check out in your retirement is going back to school! Or if you finished school, think about learning something new or getting a master’s degree.
You can never be too educated. Whether you never got the chance to get your degree or you’re still in the mood to learn, check out your local universities and community colleges.
These institutions usually have classes open to the public if you’re not wanting a degree. You could learn a new language, useful skill, or trade. In doing so, you’ll surround yourself with others dedicated to learning and expanding their knowledge.
Take Your Pick from These Eight Great Hobbies
There you have it!
Eight great hobbies to occupy your retirement. Retirement doesn’t have to be bland with endless amounts of golfing and gardening.
At this moment, the world is your oyster. You can do anything you want to do and you’re in charge of your future. Take advantage of this time in your life and find a hobby that really makes you feel alive.
You’ll be glad you did.
If you’ve read through this list and still feel stumped on what your next hobby should be, let us know! We’d love to connect with you and help you figure out what hobby best suits you and your lifestyle.