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Old 12-29-2016, 03:06 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I understand. This is why I have told Escort Rider and others that I am not hoping for much. My goal is merely to plant that idea that there is always more we can do in retirement. For those few who are interested, it is worth thinking about strong interests and passions. Badminton, for example, could be "just badminton" and a relaxing activity. For others it might become a passion.
Actually your post has encouraged me, I signed up for other classes too. Downside, it's not cheap.
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Old 12-29-2016, 04:10 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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In many cases you need to have some money not to be "bored" after retirement.
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:11 PM
 
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Actually your post has encouraged me, I signed up for other classes too. Downside, it's not cheap.

I have been lucky to follow my wife's lead. She discovered a large OLLI program. We pay $330 a year each for up to 6 courses each semester. We even relocated so we can walk from our new house.
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Old 12-29-2016, 08:19 PM
 
Location: SC
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In summer, when I can open windows and keep the dust out of the air, I usually do my wood working projects. in winter, I work on software.

For some reason, I am having trouble getting motivated to get to the software this year.

I am two years into retirement and a little restless.
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Old 12-30-2016, 08:51 AM
 
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Judge much?
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Old 12-30-2016, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Judge much?
Whom are you addressing? Your response doesn't fit the post immeidiately above yours. If it's the original poster, it would be nice to quote that or say so.
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Old 12-30-2016, 09:10 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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First time poster, not much else to say. Just someone trying to stir up trouble. Ignore.
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Old 12-30-2016, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I see Government employees retiring after 30 years and then going on to something else outside of Government. Let say that you were working at age 20 for the City. After 30 years you are now 50 and have a retirement income for life. You get a second job and work another 15 or 20 years of more.

For me we do not have a pension. I have to build my own retirement savings. My wife and I are doing that. Still, I love what I am doing and do not plan on retiring for at least another 30 years. I would work into my 90's if I could.
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Old 12-30-2016, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I personally think that if you worked your whole life away and never had any hobbies or interests outside of working then that's your own fault. Everyone suffers from boredom sometimes, but if you find yourself totally lost and don't know what to do when you don't have to work, you focused on work too much in your life. What do you guys think?

It depends on the person. My husband teases me all the time and says I will make the perfect old lady I love all kinds of clubs, groups, and activities. If I was in a retirement community I would rarely be home.

My husband is a different story. He doesn't have "small" hobbies. He loves building and construction. He is seeing the changes now in his body and in his hands. He is just not interested in a lot of the "small" hobbies and I know it is going to be very hard for him later on.
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Old 12-30-2016, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I'm happy with just badminton. Call me wimpy, I'm ok with being a non genius.
I think many of us are like you. I'm reminded of my dad who went fishing on his days off from work or to a ball game or just sat and read.

After he retired, he was very happy that he could do all those things he loved more often. He was content. The only thing he added to his retirement activities was driving friends to doctor's appointments and the like when they no longer were allowed to operate a car.

He never felt the need to do anything more than that which made him the happiest.

My mom on the other hand loved going to symphony concerts, the ballet, lectures and book readings all her life. When she retired she was thrilled to have the time to do more of those things.

I have one retired friend who spends much of her time traveling and golfing, activities which she always enjoyed but never felt she had as much time as she would have liked to engage in them when she was working. Another friend volunteers to help troubled teens, something she has always wanted to do.

Whether it's taking on new things to learn or just to keep doing more of what you've already been doing, to me the whole point of retirement having the time to do what you want to do when you want to do it health and finances permitting. Trying to squeeze in everything and anything one can just to keep busy is not a fun way to be retired.
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