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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 04-21-2016, 01:34 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I voted for three, although I've done each of the three only sporadically or temporarily. The most permanent activity wasn't listed in the poll, though. It's going to the gym and working out four times a week. I never had the time to do that before. It's made a big difference in how I feel and look, and my health is much improved. It does feel like having a job, though - not just because I do it on a regular schedule, but because, dammit, it's work!
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Old 04-21-2016, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default "Accomplishments" in retirement

This is in response to Eok's recent posts about the possibility of hobbies making people "rich and famous". I agree that having something meaningful and pleasurable to do is very important in retirement, but I dissent from the view that things should be framed in terms of accomplishments. One of the nice things about being retired, at least for many people, is that we are no longer driven to "accomplish" things, and we can therefore set aside the pressure and stress associated with that. After all, a vanishingly small percentage of people are ever going to be rich and famous, so why set that as a goal, even a remote one? It worked for the author of the Harry Potter books, but for every writer who achieves that degree of success, there must be thousands of aspiring writers who remain frustrated. Likewise for Picasso and the thousands of aspiring artists.
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Old 04-21-2016, 05:09 AM
 
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good point , as i mentioned i got back in to drumming after being away from it for decades after doing it professionally .

what i did not mention is that through facebook the old group manged to hook up .

we are hitting the studio in a few weeks .

it is all for fun now with no pressure to do anymore shows or recording
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Old 04-21-2016, 06:56 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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I agree that having something meaningful and pleasurable to do is very important in retirement, but I dissent from the view that things should be framed in terms of accomplishments.
I am not retired yet, but I strongly concur with most of his. The reason I say most is "meaningful" is tricky. One of the things that has me chomping at the bit to be done with working is realizing that while I have been very successful, what I do really isn't that important in the grand scheme of things. When there are puzzling challenges, the work itself is interesting but the big picture overall result is pretty meaningless IMO. I develop custom software for business. Life cycle of a project is usually under 7 years. When I retire, there may be something I worked on in use for a short while. Maybe. Don't get me wrong; I am not depressed about that. If anything, I wish I had figured it out sooner.
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Old 04-21-2016, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I had major anxiety about retiring and often worried about when that day came. I can only tell you how wrong I was.

Being a workaholic was no life and I did a compete 180 nearly 9 months ago. It was over in my mind just like that and I have zero regrets walking away from the rat race at 58.

I have no interest in structure other then roller skating on Friday mornings. I do what I want, when I want. Yes there have been a handful of boring days in the winter, but it's still better then being at work wishing I was at home.

Each season has it's advantages. We headed up to Michigan to enjoy the snow and spring skiing with dogs in tow. We had no plans and just lived like gypsies for a week. The freedom is amazing.

We have a huge yard renovation project going on now and I can't wait to get out there and dig in the dirt after the concrete guys finish.

Retirement fun is only limited by your imagination and mine seems to be endless these days. I'm going to get John to saddle up so we can haul another load of stones today for the dry stream we put in after we took the fish pond out. We both had a lot of fun picking just the right stones after a lobster lunch. Oh yeah, we're spending everyone's inheritance.
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Old 04-21-2016, 10:26 AM
 
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I am 5 years retired with most of the first two years spent in an RV. At that time we did not own a house. Now I only travel a few months of the year.


Photography has been virtually a daily activity since I retired. I have taken lots of courses, mostly photography and other visual arts, and continue to take about 4 OLLI courses a semester. I am way past the basics but still having difficulty getting my work in galleries. I got into 4 galleries this winter through juried competitions. Since I am not going pro, I am not sure how much more effort I want to put into this.


I have started to do archery again and am practicing with the University club. That is a bit odd since everyone else is about age 20. I quit fishing about 10 years ago. Now that Spring is arriving, I have been checking out my gear. If the local fishing looks good I will start again. If I do take up fishing again, it will be a lot different than in the past. No more standing in the pounding surf, at night, in the cold and rain.


If I can find the time I am thinking of learning chess again after many years. I think I will like the combination of competition and social.
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:12 AM
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Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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My wife and I retired in 2011. We purchased a "fixer-upper" in 2007 and still aren't done. My wife loves to garden in the English style which means mounded islands that I now have to mow around....looks great when it's done!

We've always lived an active life style and we still do, lot's of hiking, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, lake boating. In some ways I work harder now then in my former work life. And the best part is I can take a break any time I want to. Also, "It's 1 pm honey, time to rest for the day."

My life is filled with interesting stuff to do and a fantastic partner to do it with.
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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I had major anxiety about retiring and often worried about when that day came. I can only tell you how wrong I was.

Being a workaholic was no life and I did a compete 180 nearly 9 months ago. It was over in my mind just like that and I have zero regrets walking away from the rat race at 58.

I have no interest in structure other then roller skating on Friday mornings. I do what I want, when I want. Yes there have been a handful of boring days in the winter, but it's still better then being at work wishing I was at home.

Each season has it's advantages. We headed up to Michigan to enjoy the snow and spring skiing with dogs in tow. We had no plans and just lived like gypsies for a week. The freedom is amazing.

We have a huge yard renovation project going on now and I can't wait to get out there and dig in the dirt after the concrete guys finish.

Retirement fun is only limited by your imagination and mine seems to be endless these days. I'm going to get John to saddle up so we can haul another load of stones today for the dry stream we put in after we took the fish pond out. We both had a lot of fun picking just the right stones after a lobster lunch. Oh yeah, we're spending everyone's inheritance.

It would appear animalcrazy left out something she does on a daily basis...She pesters me to eat more veggies.
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Old 04-21-2016, 01:16 PM
 
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You're Retired Now

Let's see...

Post inane and endless commentary on City-Data about fantastical situations, changing each new username periodically after the forum catches on.

Bella's not new and not Retired Now or any of the pseudonyms.
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Old 04-21-2016, 03:05 PM
 
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I have a very small pet sitting/dog walking business. I work probably about 10 days per month and earn an extra $20 to $600 per month to supplement my pension. It gives me some exercise I make my own schedule and being 43 I'm a little under normal retirement age so it is nice to have a small business.
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