Your retirement life doesn’t have to be boring. Here is a list of activities to make your retired life exciting and challenging.
After years of being a corporate slave, you’ve finally reached the point where you can leave behind your active working life. No more waking up in the wee hours of the morning, attending dead-boring meetings, worrying about deadlines, and checking your email each day perfunctorily.
In the first few weeks or months following your retirement, you’re probably exhilarated with the amount of time on your hand. But after the honeymoon phase has passed, you realize that as with anything in life, too much of a good thing is bad.
Contrary to popular belief, retirement doesn’t have to be boring and isolating. With the list of activities below, you can make this stage of your life exciting and challenging.
You’d probably encounter this aphorism: “When you are young you have time and energy but no money. And when you reach middle age, you have money and energy but no time. And when you reach old age, you have money and time but not energy.”
While there is some truth behind this axiom, you must realize that people these days are living longer and healthier thanks to better, more accessible healthcare. And you know what that means? You can turn your life into a travel adventure.
Nowadays, there are travel companies that offer small-group adventures geared towards seniors and retirees. Their packages often include multiple destinations and activities such as cultural journeys, hiking trips, and safari adventures, just to name a few.
Also, some towns and cities, both here and abroad, are touted as senior-friendly destinations thanks to their services and structures (e.g., transport facilities) that allow older people to travel safely and conveniently.
The money you have saved through years of employment might be enough to cover your living expenses, but it doesn’t mean you should stop earning.
While age is just a number, especially in investments, your risk appetite might be more conservative than when you’re in your prime years. This means that blue chip companies–aka well-established, near monopolistic companies–might suit you better than growth companies such as those in the tech industry.
Do your research to identify which types of investment suit your goals and risk appetite. You may also consult with a financial manager who might recommend stocks, bonds, bank products, REITs, etc.
Take a class
Albert Einstein once said: “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and only ceases at death.” Hence, you have no excuse not to take on a new skill or knowledge.
Perhaps you have always wanted to learn Spanish? Or perhaps you want to brush up your writing skills but didn’t get the chance to practice because of your crazy workload during your prime years?
Remember that learning shouldn’t be always pedagogic nor boring. Why not enroll in a flamenco class? Or swimming class? Or perhaps a gardening class?
Start a Business
Even though you enjoy your more laid-back life after retirement, you might be craving for some action to keep your mind busy and alert. However, you don’t want to take on a full-scale business that could rob your precious time with your family, hobbies, and “me time.”
A good alternative to a full-scale business is a side hustle in which you have the luxury to pause anytime you want, reduce or accept more projects, or choose your business or working schedule.
To recap, a rocking chair shouldn’t be a representation of your retirement life. With a little bit of creativity and enthusiasm, you can rock your age.
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