Hobbies for Newly Retired

Did you collect trains, Barbie dolls, or baseball cards when you were younger? Did you enjoy playing football, riding horses, or building model cars?  While growing up it seems like people are always asking you about your hobbies. Well, hobbies are not just for kids!

What kinds of activities have you always wished you’d participated in, but just didn’t have the time or opportunity?  Think you might want to try your hand at writing?  You don’t have to be a master wordsmith – write out stories for your family or your memoirs.  Your children will enjoy these tales for years to come!

Ever wanted to draw or try your hand at watercolor?  Develop the artist within at your local craft shop.  They often offer fun beginner classes for all ages.

Walking is a great hobby and a way to get your exercise in for the day.  Grab a friend and persuade him or her to join you. If the weather is bad, head to the local shopping mall. Most malls allow walkers to use their building. If you take up this hobby, just make sure that you invest in a good pair of walking shoes to support your feet and ankles.

Worry no longer about maintaining your mental capabilities – grab a good book and start a book club with your friends.  (Oprah would be proud!)   This provides a great social and mental workout!  Most communities have a public library that offers book clubs if you don’t want to start your own.

Volunteering is another great way to spend your extra time. This will allow you to help others out and make you feel good about doing something to improve one’s life. Check with a local hospital, library, school or senior citizens home. They are always looking for volunteers to help out.

Gardening allows you to reap the benefits of the great outdoors, stay close to home and keep you fit!  Tending to flowers and vegetables also relaxes you.  The reaching and bending improves your flexibility. No wonder so many folks declare that there’s no better way to spend one’s time than in a garden!

Scrapbooking is all the rage these days. This is a hobby that the whole family can enjoy. Take those photographs that you have in boxes and turn them into a beautiful presentation. While going through pictures you’ll think of stories to tell that will live on for generations to come.

Whatever you decide to try, always believe in yourself and in your abilities.  Many of the world’s most success individuals gained their success after retirement age.  There’s no stopping you!  Enjoy every new day!