Many of my clients entering retirement after a lifetime of highly involved business ownership find themselves at a loss for what to do with all their time. While most of them don’t want to return to full-time work, many of them didn’t have time during their working years to cultivate hobbies to the extent that they wanted to.
Here’s a beginner’s guide to some of the most fun (and rewarding) hobbies for active retirees.
- Sports. Competition drives many people to perform at their best levels, but not many sports leagues exist for the 65+ set. Take matters into your own hands by establishing a sports league of your own for your friends or neighbors. Horseshoes, bowling, golf, badminton, croquet, darts, ping-pong, and other low-key sports provide exercise, social engagement, and a chance to stoke the fires of competition.
- Volunteer work. Whether you want to hold preemies at the hospital, dole out meals at a soup kitchen, or offer homework help at an after-school program, there’s a volunteer opportunity out there for you. Volunteering in retirement is a great way to give back while dabbling in occupations you’ve always found interesting but never had a chance to try.
- Arts. Theater, painting, drawing, dance, writing, pottery—the choices are endless when it comes to the arts. In addition to community theater productions, older actors might be welcome in high school productions, where older actors are in high demand. Check out continuing education listings at local colleges for an array of arts options that will make you dizzy with excitement!
- Mentor-ship. Business owners have a special field of knowledge to offer younger people, and mentor-ship is a great way to pass that on. Whether you choose to “adopt” a men-tee (as is possible through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program) or offer your expertise in lecture format to a roomful of business owners, you can make a difference in people’s lives by passing on what you’ve learned.
In short, your options for hobbies for retirees are limited only by your interests! For ideas of where to start looking for activities in your area, hop online and search hobbies that intrigue you most.