Keeping Occupied During Retirement submitted by Ken Myers, president of Morningsidenannies.com
We all strive to have a fruitful life and anticipate the day when we can retire. However, do you have a plan for when that day will come? Although many of us look forward to traveling the world, a large portion of us can’t really afford to do so. In light of not having the money to do anything you wish, what can you do that can keep yourself occupied?
1. Garden Care – Some of those who retire will build a greenhouse and create a lavish garden of various flowers, fruits and vegetables. It can be incredibly relaxing and provide you with a method to create healthy snacks for the grandchildren when they visit. Dehydrating grapes into natural raisins can be quite a common snack in your house. The grandchildren could be drawn to homemade apple chips. There is so much you can do with a food dehydrator and a garden full of fruits you grew yourself.
2. Arts and Crafts – Now that you’re retired, you can put a great amount of effort into learning the art or craft of your choice. Whether you’re interested in painting, crocheting, building models or delving into woodworking there are plenty of ways to express yourself in the world of art. It’s never too late to learn a new talent and you could find that your work can be relaxing as well as beautiful.
3. Volunteering – If you are able to do so, volunteering at various organizations can help eat up your time. You can put your efforts into helping those whom are less fortunate than you. In many situations, volunteering doesn’t take any particular skills as many organizations just need some menial task completed. Some may even have positions that your background qualifies you for. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to spend your retirement helping others.
4. Build Something Elaborate – Your personal funds permitting, you can spend your time building something elaborate for yourself or others. For instance, why not look into building your own boat in the backyard? Perhaps refurbishing an old car that you rescued from a junk yard is more of your cup of tea. Since you have nothing but time on your hands, you can build as long as you want without worry of being late for work or missing meetings.
5. Blogging – If you have some computer knowledge, why not put that to use and blog about your experiences? Moments in history are always happening and many stories can be told of where you were when key moments were unfolding. By blogging your stories, you could entertain many individuals with your recollections. This is aside from the fact that your experiences could remain on the Internet forever immortalizing your name. You could even go so far as to writing your own biography on sites like Wattpad.com for all to read. Perhaps you would even like to try your hand at writing novels.
There are many things you can do after you retire. If your funds don’t allow you to travel, then you need to keep yourself occupied. Being stationary can be detrimental to your health and you want to keep the blood flowing. What kind of projects can you find around the house or community that can keep you active after retirement?
Ken holds a master’s in business leadership from Upper Iowa University and multiple bachelor degrees from Grand View College. As president of morningsidenannies.com, Ken’s focus is helping Houston-based parents find the right childcare provider for their family. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his three children and his wife.