It’s the time that most parents dread: the kids have moved out and you’re on your own together in a big old house. If you decide that you want to sell up and move into a home that is smaller and more accessible for two of you, then you’ll have a lot on your plate to keep your busy. Retirement is the time that you should be excited about; you’ve finally got the time and freedom that you’ve been craving for some time now.
Once the novelty of being free of the 9-5, free of the school runs and the packed lunches and the bedtime routines wears off, you’ll need other things to keep you busy when all the kids have moved out. For some, it’s things like the earlier mentioned home renovations. Heading to Montgomery’s to pick out new flooring is a great way to spend some time, right? Well, you need to do something with all your time that you’ve got free, so it’s about time you sit down and try to work out the things that you could be doing with your time now that you have it.
Learn Something New. Taking the time to go back to night school – and even day school – can make such a difference to your life. You could have spent years never finding out whether you had the knack for playing the piano. Well, now you have the time!
Volunteer. Just because you’ve reached an age where the kids have moved out and you’ve retired from work doesn’t mean that you’re not able to keep moving. Check out the volunteer services in your area and get yourself involved. Not only can you build your social circle, you can commit yourself to something other than your house and it feels good to do something like that.
Travel. Those rainy day savings that you’ve been hanging onto? Well, now is the time for you to take control of them again. Book more than just a holiday. Book a cruise where you can see the world. Book yourself a tour around the Galapagos Islands and go and see the far reaches of the world. If you’ve never been on a plane, it’s time to change that and get yourself on board.
Read. There are always books that we put off reading due to lack of time. Renovate the spare room and create somewhere that you would love to curl up with a stack of amazing books to read. Dust off the classics that you’ve been meaning to read for twenty years and get stuck in.
Be Active. Taking on new workout classes and meeting new people is a great way to keep active in the time you would normally be stuck in the house. Of course, if you prefer to cycle or workout alone, go for it. Just keep as active as possible.
There is so much that you can do with your time now, including visiting your children and grandchildren when the time comes. Don’t waste your time wishing – it’s time to DO!