What sounds more enjoyable to you?
Spending some time alone.
Hanging out with a group.
Where would you rather spend time?
Away from home.
How would you describe your favorite activities?
What gives you more satisfaction?
Tinkering on projects at home.
Helping out others with their projects.
What kind of place sounds more exciting to visit?
One that doesn’t speak my language.
One that’s full of adventure.
What do your favorite activities exercise?
If the arts were a sport, how would you see yourself participating?
I’d be watching from the sidelines, cheering on my favorite teams.
I’d be on the field, making plays and inspiring others.
Become a D.I.Y. Master
Who needs to hire a professional to fix that old dresser? Not you! You’re independent, crafty and get satisfaction from doing things yourself. Whether you’re decorating the house, repairing a leaky faucet or landscaping your garden, you like to get your hands dirty. Retirement is a great time to master one of your skills or learn a new one. With your free time, there’s no telling what you can accomplish for yourself – and for those you care about.
Improve Your Community
You find fulfillment in helping others. You love seeing the benefits of your service first-hand. You might enjoy activities like volunteering at a soup kitchen, tutoring children at school or pitching in at a public park cleanup. Think about how your professional skills can help others. For instance, if you had a career as an accountant, you could find a lot of satisfaction in offering free tax help to low-income families. Once you find the right fit for you, think about how your impact can last even longer. Consider a leadership role at your favorite organization and help recruit new volunteers.
Indulge Your Wanderlust
You love the experience of seeing how other cultures live first-hand. You don’t mind a 12-hour flight as long as it takes you somewhere interesting. Where have you always wanted to go? Europe? Asia? The middle of America? Make a list of all the places you want to go, and keep a journal of your adventures, or even start a blog. Voluntourism (volunteering while traveling) is a great way to see the world while helping others. Check out one of the many non-profit agencies that help build up local communities in far away places.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Sitting still is not for you. You love to challenge yourself in the outdoors, among vistas and wildlife. Activities like hiking, kayaking or camping are perfect for you. Set a goal to visit several national parks a year for a nature escape. Look into options like a "park-hopper" or annual pass to save money. You’ll clear your mind by spending some rejuvenating time alone and challenging yourself physically. If you want to combine your love of nature with serving, consider helping out with a local park by leading nature walks or maintaining hiking trails.
Encourage Your Inner Athlete
Staying physically active has always been important to you. You enjoy pushing yourself and staying fit. Challenging yourself physically is your way to have fun and feel great. Enjoy time you’ve never had before. Retirement is the perfect time to take advantage of doing things you’ve always wanted to do, like training for a marathon or hiking some of America’s 14,000 foot mountains. Ramp up your heart rate and social life by joining a weekly sports league, participating in running clubs, tennis tournaments or becoming a Yogi. Before long, you’ll be mastering Crane Pose, crossing the finish line or conquering the peak of a mountain.
Continue a Lifetime of Learning
You’ve learned to live by living to learn, and retirement is a great time to keep going. Chances are that a nearby college, library or community center offers rewarding courses and lectures you’d enjoy – and many of these are free for seniors. You might enjoy learning a new language or taking a cooking class and enjoy sharing your recipes and cuisine with others in a supper club. Once you become an expert on a certain subject, considering leading a class for your friends or community members, and encourage them to share their own knowledge.
Become a Patron of the Arts
You love art and culture, and aren’t the type to sit home at night. So why not immerse yourself in plays, concerts, poetry readings and whatever else your city or town has to offer? There are a lot of opportunities to get involved behind the scenes in community theater, from helping design and build sets to making costumes. You could start a group for fellow art enthusiasts, where you’re sure to meet new friends and discover new perspectives. If you’re the type that likes to share your opinion, look into writing art reviews online or in your local paper. You’re sure to become a bona-fide critic in no time!
Nurture the Artist Inside
You’ve been known to carry a sketchpad, camera or notebook in your bag for when inspiration hits. Now you have time to seek that inspiration, full-time! Starting a new creative project is as easy as picking up your pen, paintbrush or guitar and letting it flow. If you want to add a dash of socializing to your creative work, take an acting class or writing workshop where you’ll meet new artists from all walks of life. Consider getting involved in community theater or trying out as an extra for a movie – you may even get discovered! Once you’ve deepened your craft, consider showing your work at a local gallery or publishing in a small magazine. You just might become the next Picasso, Meryl Streep or Stephen King!
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