Contemplating retirement in 12 months. It is recommended to have a plan for your life when work no longer fills so much time. Well, work (and raising a child) pretty much filled most/all of my spare time, with a little left over for reading and quilting (neither of which can I really use to fill a day). So any recommendations for new interests to take up? I may try some volunteering (which had done at the library in the past) but need to find where I can make a contribution (but have no interest in being in charge, of anything). Live in a rural area with access to a tertiary city- so apps like “meetup” are ok for occasional, but not daily activities. I do have a spouse but he has been retired for years so he already has his own routine(s).
Have you considered political activism? If you live in the US, there’s a lot of work that needs to get done. Click up on our activism tab for ways to get involved. I know it’s not the most fun thing in the world, but it’s so important right now. Living in a rural area means that your voice is especially important because you’re likely to have representatives who are not 100% blue and can be swayed with some effort on your part. Being in charge can really suck, but you might be able to nudge those who are in charge into being a little bit more active. This is especially true with state and local politics.
Your library is a great place to go not just for volunteering directly (or for reading books)– they can also connect you. For example doing people’s taxes for free at the library is a popular volunteer activity and one that can be done in rural areas. Ask your local librarian about that and about other groups in your area– the library is a place that many groups meet, particularly in small towns. Your parks and recreation center may also be able to help you but they might think the request is odd whereas librarians will totally think it’s normal.
#1 recommends anime. :) #2 recommends your local animal shelter. Other popular retirement activities include taking continuing education classes, doing exercise classes with parks and recreation or the YMCA, gardening, cooking, hunting, hiking, etc. And, of course, travel… or working part-time.
Good luck with the next stage!
What recommendations does the Grumpy Nation have?