QUESTION: What do non-creative people do in retirement?






If you are a person that does not like change or adventure and wake up thinking about a story, a project or what you will write, what do you do when you retire? Then let's add the person that retired from a public service volunteer type job. What do they do? I am thinking that volunteering is not something they will be interested in.

Really, you can only read and travel a certain amount of time. Is there only work left for that person? Sorting and counting and supervising. What do they do?

Do you have an answer? I need ideas.

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  1. Oh, you could volunteer at a school, build a trail, weed an urban garden, create a woman's group....

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    1. I like create a group for this type of person. Probably people is the answer for a retired public servant that does not want to change things in their life. Retirement I think is a struggle for those retirees.

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  2. Any interest in music? Music lessons & involvement in a group that encourages beginners could be interesting. I've been playing (badly) since I was a kid but I participate in a couple of things where we have people who just picked up instruments in midlife.

    Also, I'm a member of a kayak club and we have some retired people who are the absolute heart of the organization.

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    1. Great ideas! I do know a lady that kayaked for many years. In fact the piano called friends late in life. I studied piano as a child and still yearn to play once in a while.

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  3. What excited you as a child? I know someone in their 70's who made their living on Wall Street, retired, took some music courses (a childhood love) at the local community college and joined two community choruses in the New York City borough where he lives. Can you take up something you loved as a child but put to one side as an adult?

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    1. Perfect...childhood dreams have an opportunity to be realized. I like that a lot.

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  4. Some sort of exercise group or gym. Pickle ball is very big among the retirees. Classes in cooking or auditing a class at a University?

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    1. Pickle ball is a great way of working off steam and connecting with other people. Rules are ok for non creative people..in fact I think they like them better than most.

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  5. Thank you everyone. I feel better for having these ideas. I worry about my friends that just can't seem to get their retirement legs under them.

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  6. I just retired July 26. I promised myself no structure for the remainder of 2019...go with the flow. So what am I 'doing' with my time? 1) I've done a TON of reading..novels, documentaries, cookbooks, autobiographies...and countless blogs. 2) Exercising-conditioning and walking 3) some quilting and knitting (I know that's creative) 4) I've been a hobby gardener for decades. I've been able to spend time every day out there and I can work on my harvest during the day instead of exhausting myself after 11h of work followed by 5-7h of harvest work. 5) I'm investigating Master Gardener training.

    So my encouraging words are: write a list of activities you enjoy. Identify learning opportunities about those. Focus on strengths and interests not on what you don't like/do.

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