While many consider the post retirement phase to be the golden period in their lives, there are others who fret about their life post retirement. One thing is for sure, your life doesn't stop post retirement, if you look at it from the positive side. It is a time when you can actually live to your heart's content, fulfill all those dreams and desires that you had been putting off due to the stressful schedule that kept you bogged down. Having achieved a goal in life, what else would you want than sitting back and enjoying life to its dregs.
...Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. ... - Douglas MacArthur
We just want to prove the fact that being a senior doesn't clip your wings. On the contrary, it gives you another go at life, another go at being a child again, and do things you always wished to do. Well, you do not need to be told, but the key here is to do what you like doing the best, and savor every moment of it. This is what you can do to name a few...
Explore the Outdoors
All those busy days spent in the office have deprived you of the pleasures that the great outdoors provide. Now that you have time on your side, seize the opportunity to explore it to the fullest. Besides, getting out of the house will help you meet many more like-minded people. Just think of the fun you can have spending time outdoors with a group of people.
This is one of the best activities that you can indulge in. Gardening, and spending time with nature will not only refresh you but also keep stress at bay. Another good option is to open a nursery, or even start a gardening competition. This way you can get to impart and hone your skills in gardening.
The church is always on the lookout for people who are ready to offer their services for the different activities that they organize. Take the opportunity to share your talent and passion with those that are less fortunate. You can even volunteer to conduct catechism classes for both the young and the old.
Well, to say, treasure hunting is a fantastic idea to bond with your grandchildren. If you can get your hands on a metal detector, this activity would be even more fun. All you got to do is, let the metal detector do the talking, and then fetch out whatever it is that made your detector beep. The plus point is that you could find anything from metal scraps, coins to gold.
There is nothing that will beat the turf and the joy of golfing. If you do not know the nuances of the sport, it is a great time to start learning. Besides, the outdoor has lots of sports to offer for the adventurous spirit. Counting the options that are there, you will never be bored. How about conducting a walking race instead?
I'd personally like to spend my time at the river bank, reeling in my catch and then, grilling it for my friends and family. That sure calls for a picnic, now doesn't it? It's double whammy, you get to enjoy the outdoors as well as indulge in your favorite pastime.
Take Refuge Indoors
We do agree that age doesn't permit being outdoors at all times. Apart from keeping yourself active, you also need to keep your mind fresh and sharp. For this you do not necessarily need to head outdoors, you can keep yourself busy with some activities in the comfort of your own home. Well, the options are many, you can simply head to a friend's house and spend time there together or invite a few friends over and find something to keep you occupied. These are our takes to keep you occupied...
Some of the youngsters may be delighted to learn a thing or two from you. Start a cooking class for youngsters, supervise and train them in what you like doing the best. Now, this doesn't mean you are restricted to only cooking; on the contrary, start classes for whatever you believe you do best. I'm pretty sure you will have many takers.
Now where have you stocked all those board games and jigsaw puzzles. You'd better take them down, dust them off and challenge your friends to one of your favorite games. Why should only children have the pleasure of playing games all day long? Just become a child once again, believe me there is nothing better than doing just that.
Remember those days of your childhood where you played house with your dolls. Well, time has surely got on. You can now have a tea party in the comfort of your home. Bake a bunch of cookies and cakes, and invite your circle of friends over. A perfect time to bond and remember fond memories.
That said, age should not be a barrier when it comes to having some moments of fun. Think of all the activities you used to enjoy in your youth, now don't just think, you can still go out and do them. The main point you need to bear in mind is that there is nothing that can come in the way of your happiness, not even your age.