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View Poll Results: You’re Retired. Now What Do You Do (US News article)? Select all that apply.
Start a second career (full or part time) 36 28.35%
Volunteer for a cause 42 33.07%
Go back to school 24 18.90%
Practice your sport or involve in hobbies 77 60.63%
Take to the road (RV or just more travel) 56 44.09%
Become a culture crawler (arts, music etc.) 46 36.22%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 127. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-20-2016, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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How about NONE OF THE ABOVE!
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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I'd work part-time at a place that offers discounts to employees. A movie theater lets you see movies for free. A retail store gives you a discount on merchandise. I had a friend that worked in a retail clothing store for over 5 years after retirement and even though she doesn't work there anymore, she was "vested" after 5 years and gets a discount there for the rest of her life.

That part-time work would be my "spending money" for fun stuff like dinners out, or shopping. Or even weekend trips to places within a day's drive.
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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I agree with the posters who say 'Why do we HAVE to do anything?'

and 'None of the above'
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I have posted a few polls over the years and there is always something that comes up which could make the poll better, either something I thought of myself later or something suggested by another poster. I have concluded that such is the nature of making a poll and that I personally am unlikely to think of everything when I am posting the poll.
I think a mod can modify a poll after you set it up. Maybe.
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:39 PM
 
Location: In the Endless Mountains
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I get delight helping out in my local church: whatever may need doing, I'm glad to do it. I also find a lot of interest and learning through my stamp collection.
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:21 PM
 
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Take care of my grandchildren....
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:40 PM
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Good hobbies are important, because they give you a feeling of accomplishment, and you can actually accomplish something with them. If they aren't the kind of hobbies that let you accomplish something, they aren't good hobbies.

For example, if art were your hobby, you could become the next Picasso. That would be an accomplishment. Or even if you just became a moderately well known artist, and people were willing to pay for your paintings, that would be an accomplishment. But if your hobby is collecting and smoking Cuban cigars, it might not be so great for accomplishments, other than to build an interesting collection of them.

Even if your hobby were golf or poker, you could gain skill in such games, and become rich and famous from that skill. And even if you only get halfway there, it's the journey that counts, not how fast you arrive.

I have a hunch my hobby is going to make me rich and famous. And even if I'm wrong, and never really get there, it's a valuable hunch to have, because it can make you happy just working on it. The worst thing you can do in retirement is be unhappy. Working towards a brilliant future is the secret to happiness, no matter how remote that future might sometimes seem.
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:44 PM
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Take care of my grandchildren....
Taking care of grandchildren could in some cases be construed as a hobby. And even if you aren't working towards a brilliant future for yourself, you're working towards a brilliant future for your grandchildren.
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Dothan AL
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Play shuffleboard.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:35 PM
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Why would you say you have a hunch your hobby is going to make you rich & famous, and then not mention what the hobby is? just curious.....
Everyone has their own forte. It would not make sense for other people to take up my hobby instead of their own. Any creative hobby can make you rich and famous. Just like art could make Picasso rich and famous, or children's books could make J.K. Rowling rich and famous. She wrote them on welfare. Always remember her example when you think your creative hobby is not likely to get you anywhere. She didn't even think she should try to get them published, until other people convinced her to. A really creative hobby focuses you so much on the creativity that you don't even think much about the implications of what you could accomplish with it. I don't know if I'm going to get rich and famous. I don't even have much of a plan for it. Right now my only plan is to make progress on my hobby. Just like J.K. Rowling's plan was to keep writing more Harry Potter books, with no real plan to get them published.

The fact that J.K. Rowling's hobby took her from being dirt poor to being one of the richest people in the world, is what gives me a hunch that I'm going to be rich and famous. Even though I have no real plan yet of how I'm going to capitalize on my hobby, nor how long in the future it will be. What I'm making will be useful to me, even if I never find a way to sell it to other people. But if I ever do, it gives me the impression of having a brilliant future.

And that's all you really need, to be happy. Just to be working on something that someone is likely to appreciate, even if you yourself are the only person who ever actually appreciates it.
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