Many Baby Boomers such as myself are fortunate enough to retire in relatively good health and face the dilemma of filling their free time. I prepared for retirement by considering how I’d look forward to getting out of bed each morning, have a meaningful life, and satisfy my need for enjoyment.
Remember the movie, “Bucket List?” I took it to heart and created one of my own. A year before I retired, I bought a notebook and started my numbered list of things I’d do if time, money, talent, and ability were not concerns. By the time I retired, my list was in the 300s, and I’ve added to the list since retiring. And I haven’t included the obvious, such as spending time with friends and family, taking trips, and working part-time.
Some ideas you may look forward to:
- Flexing, stretching, and pushing yourself with cardio, calisthenics, and weight lifting. Many community center fitness rooms are free for seniors.
- Volunteering to add meaning to your life. The options are limitless and allow you to assist in an area in which you wish to make a difference.
- Learning something new: a musical instrument, a craft, a skill that will allow you to make home repairs. Consider free on-line classes and workshops at home improvement stores. There’s always the challenge of keeping up with technology.
- Exploring your locale. Appreciate the architecture of historical buildings, outdoor sculptures, libraries and other public buildings, art galleries, and gardens.
I continue to dream up items to add to my bucket list, and wonder how I ever made time to work. Share unique items that you have on your bucket list.