There are several types of activities that have factored into our retirement.
Reading is something that both CeCe and I grew up doing. It is really great to be able to read pretty much whenever we feel like it. We also belong to a book club which has featured some challenging reads including 1984, Blood Meridian, Moby Dick, The Hidden Reality and Collected Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges.
Travel serves several purposes for us – to see family and friends, to beat the summer heat and to take a “real” vacation. We’ve done a lot of traveling over the course of our careers and I have to say that I am growing more and more content to just stay at home! However, it always seems to turn out that I have a really good time when we travel. For example, we went to Cleveland Ohio recently primarily to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I was not excited about that trip. But as it turned out, we had a great time in Cleveland! These kinds of experiences and pleasant surprises keep the interest alive.
I am doing some volunteering which I enjoy. Like work, it provides a structure and I occasionally get to revisit one of my favorite pastimes – attend a meeting! Oh boy! One of my volunteering gigs involves a local museum where I manage their web site. In fact, that is where and how I learned about web sites. I liked the experience so much that I ended up building this one. I also am a volunteer reader for a reading service for the visually impaired. And even though I like to read, I found that reading and recording is a different animal! It is quite challenging. But it offers the opportunity to develop and to improve (good stress).
- Help smooth the transition into retirement
- Enable you to create a new identity for yourself
- Facilitate life-long learning and good mental health
- Can help you engage with others