Many people seem to think that once you hit 60 years old, there isn’t much you can do with your life. However, this is simply not true, and for many people, the best years of their life start here. If you’re worried about running out of things to do when you retire or you’re looking for ideas to give to a relative, here are some fun things to get you started and give you some inspiration.
- Go on holiday
Unless you have health problems, which prevent you from travelling, going on holiday is a great way to spend some time and see the sights you’ve always wanted to see. Younger people often want to travel but don’t have the money, whereas older people often have the time and the money once they retire.
- Learn a musical instrument
If you’ve always wanted to learn a musical instrument but have never had the time, now is your chance. The piano or guitar is a good first instrument, although you can pick up anything and start lessons. Pianos can be a big investment if you’re not sure whether you’ll like it or not, so many people start with the guitar or ukulele.
- Take up a sport
Maybe you’ve played a certain sport as a hobby for most of your life, and now you can start to take it a little more seriously. Of course, you have to be in good physical condition to play most sports, but you can do them more gently and use it for relaxation purposes. If you live in community accommodation such as over 55 living, you can often find other people who are interested in playing a game of tennis, bowling or darts.
Many organisations are looking for volunteers throughout the year, and it’s a great way to kill some time and get satisfaction from your life too. You can volunteer in many different areas, so choose what you enjoy and look for opportunities related to that field, for example, you can volunteer with children, in a sports centre or even with animals.
- Get a part-time job
If you feel like you can still work, there’s no reason to stop working altogether when you hit retirement age. In fact, many people decide to keep on working for many years after they retire. Not only can you continue earning money, but you can find something you enjoy and do it part-time for a few hours each week.
- Complete a challenge
You can either get somebody else to set you a challenge or create one for yourself. This could be something simple like being a tourist in your own city for the weekend, or you could try something more daring such as a bungee jump or skydive. You might even want to train for a 10k run next year, which is the perfect chance to keep fit and raise money for a charity of your choice too.