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Four Important Pastimes During Retirement - Part 2

Four Important Pastimes During Retirement - Part 2

Starting from where we left off after part one of these articles, the next thing I would like to focus on is simply finding or continuing a good hobby that you genuinely enjoy. In the previous article I mentioned the importance of maintaining your surroundings and keeping an active social life, but having something to do in your down time can further improve the balance in your life when you hit retirement.

So, as I said above, having a pleasurable pastime can help you unwind and simply have some fun and perhaps recharge your batteries. Of course what that entails would vary person to person. It may be a hobby you already do but have always wanted more time to dive into, or a new hobby that you have wanted to start for a while but, again, didn’t have the free time. 

These activities can be a whole range of things, whether it be bird watching, landscape painting, star gazing, starting a model railway, crafts such as knitting, embroidery or crocheting, the list of potential options is huge. You may decide, perhaps depending on how much time and money each hobby takes up, to focus on just one or to have an entire buffet of different ones to nibble on. Personally, I think it makes more sense to have just a couple so that you can put more effort into it so that you can get more out of it in terms of furthering your skills and therefore hopefully furthering your enjoyment.

It may be worth combining an existing hobby and alongside that a new one. That way you can enjoy one while the learning the skills associated with the other, whereas if you were to exclusively take on new hobbies, you may feel that the learning curve involved detracts too much from the enjoyment. 

Hobbies of course can also be a great outlet for socialising. Whether it be that the hobby itself lends to being around people or that you can simple decide to invite them along. With others you could share the experience by starting a project together with a friend, child or grandchild, or even your spouse. More solitary activities like knitting or embroidery can have the added social aspect of sharing your work with others or even gifting it to them, although of course there are things such as knitting circles one can attend, but it doesn’t absolutely require others to partake. 

Next, the fourth aspect, is taking part in something worthwhile to help others. This can give an added dimension to your retirement and by extension to your life. This can be a very motivating thing to get involved with and like with hobbies there is a huge range of different options which can be suited to your own needs and what you yourself are interested in. Of course, there may be some overlapping with the last two points, depending on what you decided to get into. For example, if you have grandchildren and you offer to look after them, this can really help out your own children, combining helping others and socialising. Certainly, particular hobbies you find yourself getting to may also lead to helping others. A knitter for example can still enjoy their own personal projects while on the side making small hats for premature babies, using a skill you have and find pleasure in practicing to aide others. 

Obviously it doesn’t have to be something relating to a hobby of yours. It could be connected to a general interest of yours too. For instance, an animal lover who has experience keeping cats or has always wanted to could get involved with a project that you find in different parts of the country which is fostering cats that perhaps have medical problems or the like, while they are between homes. The enjoyment of cats without the long term commitment. 

If you do decide to essentially do some volunteer work, it doesn’t have to be through an organisation, you could just get in touch with your local hospital to ask about helping premature babies, or a shelter for cats, there are so many choices which gives you a greater amount of scope to not only find something that fits in with your schedule, but also something you genuinely find pleasure in and look forward to doing.

In conclusion, these four aspects of retirement to bear in mind as mentioned the two parts of these articles are not the most important four points that could be made, but important they still are and should not be neglected. I am sure most will be keen to have many more facets to their life after work that goes beyond what I discussed as it was only meant as a brief overview of four isolated points. For those who have been working, they may have just not found the time for much of what I have written about but very much want to make the most of their time now have the freedom to explore these things and new ways to enrich their lives.

End of Part Two.
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