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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 04-19-2016, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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You’re Retired. Now What Do You Do? - US News

I selected 5 of the 6 options.

I have no interest in either starting a second career or working part time or occasional moonlighting. I have been volunteering for different causes.

I plan to take courses (foreign languages, fitness instructing) or just study on my own.

I stepped up my sports/hobbies (rowing, flying, hiking) before retirement and will do a lot more.

We will definitely do more traveling. We will visit England/Wales/Northern Ireland and Ireland next month & will take more relocation scouting/trying out trips.

I am having a lot of fun participating in my husband's film making interest since retirement. We have been studying movies by different directors (Stanley Krubrick, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch and Krzysztof Kieślowski). Wes Anderson and Kieslowski are my most favorite directors. We are watching the last of Kieslowski's movies, The Decalogue and greatly enjoy all of his movies.

BTW, I could not edit the poll to include one more option of "Doing nothing or whatever that I want to do".

However, I think you can choose options which cover your preferred activities. Watching TVs or listening to music can belong to option 6. Puttering about in your yard, garden or enjoying cooking can belong to option 4 etc.

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Old 04-19-2016, 09:29 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Why do we "have" to do anything?


I worked since I was 15 in highly structured environments, I have been involved in local things for 30 years (over 20 in one particular capacity). I do not crave excitement or a sense of meaning.


The advantage of being retired is that I can do, or not do, any damn thing I want.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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Ride my horse, see my friends, take art classes, garden, drive country roads with the music blasting and the top down, antiquing, thrifting, leisurely mornings on my front porch with my 4 dogs and my coffee, sitting on my riverfront deck, reading a good book, loving life!!!! Wooohoooo
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:58 AM
 
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well i can't tell you what i do but i think my dad was right , my eye sight is getting worse ha ha ha
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Basically everything I did before outside of work and did not have enough time to do. Playing music. Riding my mtn bike. walking. Visiting friends. Getting enough sleep. Stuff around the house. Skiing in winter.

New activities: took up a third instrument and joined a Gym.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:12 AM
 
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we are gym rats , in to photography big time , i went back to playing drums and we shoot competitively on a pistol team . i think we have more then enough to keep us busy . that is when we are not seeing the 3 grand kids with a 4th on the way
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:20 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Yell at kids to get off my lawn.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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8-years into retirement. Some continuing ministry. Have done the golf, fishing, reading and travel thing. Now mostly grandkids and writing a book.

I'm thinking that "what one does in retirement" is not static, but, like pre-retirement, evolves as one's life and interests change.

At some point, one's health and stamina will start to dictate one's activities ... Hopefully the limitations will be more physical, than mental.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:43 AM
 
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Um, die?

Retire? What I am going to do, fish? I don't even like fish.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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Yell at kids to get off my lawn.
Dave,

If yelling at kids to get off your lawn is your retirement hobby then you could check option 4 ;-)
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