With an average workweek of forty hours, many people spend the majority of their time at work. Retirement can be a boon for leisure and hobby time, but it can also make recent retirees realize just how much of their time went to their career before they hung up the spurs. Something has to fill the vacuum, and if you don’t have projects and ideas lined up, the newfound freedom can quickly turn to boredom.
If you’re looking for ways to fill the time in your post-work life, then have no fear. There’s no shortage of retiree-friendly hobbies and activities to see you out of the house and making friends (or cozy and occupied at home, if that’s more your speed). Here are five golden year hobbies that will prove you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Much of the joy of a long-lived career comes from the feeling of creating something. With gardening, you can bring that feeling into your retirement. By planting flowers, leafy plants, or vegetables, seniors find the feeling of creation and productivity that might otherwise be left behind in their careers. There’s no feeling quite garnishing your table with flowers and tomato dishes grown from your own yard, so this hobby is an excellent choice for older adults.
If you’re not a fan of bright sunlight or you prefer the indoors, there’s no shortage of house plants that can liven up your living space, and some vegetables can thrive indoors with the help of grow lights. Hanging up your spurs might just give you the opportunity to nurture your green thumb.
Those coming from an office job might relish the opportunity to keep moving during the day. The possibilities are endless when it comes to hobbies that keep the blood flowing. If you’re a fan of nature, you might take up hiking and camping along local trails and in parks. Sports fans or those with grandchildren can find a home in amateur kickball leagues and tennis courts.
Those looking for the fresh air without all of the hubbubs can take up neighborhood strolls or mall walking in the winter. Don’t worry if you’re mobility-restricted but still looking for ways out of the house. With the help of mobility aids like canes or tall walkers, you’ll be taking your retirement years in stride.
One of the biggest challenges new retirees face is loneliness. If your children or grandchildren still work, it can be difficult to coordinate your schedules. Cooking is a two-fold hobby that can enable you to create something worthwhile as you find ways to spend time with loved ones. After all, who doesn’t love a home-cooked meal and a dinner party?
You’ve fed your career for decades, and now it’s time to find your mind. Reading can not only enrich your mental life and vocabulary, but it’s also an excellent way to make new friends. You can talk about your most recent reads on online forums or join a book club for a hobby that nurtures you on multiple levels.
Your golden years are your time to take charge and plot your own course. That much freedom can be as daunting as it is liberating, so these hobby ideas are here to help you get started on your new path.