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When you first retire, it can be quite a strange feeling. After going to work five days a week for forty years or more, it can be such a change to not have to do that. But, that’s all in the beauty of retirement. Although you may want to get up and get about, and then start to do something with your time, it’s nice to actually be able to just enjoy a bit of freedom for a while. So you may find yourself catching up with friends, decorating, travelling – doing all of the things that you didn’t quite have time for when you were working. However, the novelty does sometimes wear off. And when you find yourself then a little bored and sometimes even lost, you might need something else to occupy yourself.
This is where passion can come in. Sure, you may no longer work or have a career, but you can have something that sort of replaces that. If you know that you want to spend your time doing something, then this is a good sign that taking up a passion project is perfect for you. You can see it as a career or a sort of job that you’re committed to if you like. But you can just treat it as a hobby or something that you do for fun. Most of the time, it’s a bit of both. So let’s take a look at your options here.
Learning Something New
First of all, this could be the perfect time for you to think about learning something new. Maybe you always wanted to pick up a second language? Or to ice skate? Or to do any other kind of activity or skill? If you know that there’s something new you didn’t do in your younger years but you’d love to do it now, then this is definitely where you should start.
Trying New Things
But also, if you’re not really sure that it is what you’d like to do, then you could just try a range of new things. From a Yoga class to singing lessons, if you take a look online, there’s bound to be a wealth of activities in your area. So all you have to do is pick up the phone and make a booking for something that you’d like to try out.
Creating A Group
If you’re someone that loves to be social, then why not turn this passion project idea of yours into a group effort? It’s quite easy to set up a community group if you’re really interested in it. Or you could just gather a few friends together. From a book club to an art class, the options here are endless. But sometimes, pursuing an interest with likeminded people is the best way to bring your passion alive.
Forming An Association
To make this a more formal affair, you could even look to set up an association. Maybe the thing that you’re passionate about is something that you can do in the community? Maybe you need a group of people to be able to work on it? For this, setting up something more formal within the industry could be perfect.
Or maybe you’d like to give back? If you’d love to change the lives of others, then volunteering could be perfect for you. But you’ll just want to find a cause that you can commit too. Most of the time, when you want to volunteer, you’re going to know what that cause should be. So it’s easy. Then you just need to find a way of getting involved where you live. Or, you can head online and see what kind of volunteer positions are open to see what kind of causes might be in need of some help.
Committing To A Cause
Sometimes, there’s a cause in your life that you’d love to give back to. Maybe you want to take the idea of volunteering one step further and help someone you know? You could look into disability employment services or advancements for people so that they’re able to improve their own lives? Or maybe you want to support a cause financially? No matter what you’d like to do for those you love, you can make a difference as a part of your passion project.
Starting A Blog
Or perhaps you even love the idea of starting a blog, just like this one, yourself? And before you say that you have no idea how to start a blog, you can learn. Everybody starts somewhere. If you’ve love to document your time or write about a topic that you love, you can definitely do this for yourself. Just take your time. Find out the blogging basics, and get started. You’ll soon find that it’s a lot of fun.
Starting A Business
Perhaps you always had a wish to do something different career-wise? To start something of your own? Then why not do it now? Just because you’re retired, it doesn’t mean that you HAVE to work. But you might want to CHOOSE to and set up a business that you love. Even if it’s just for fun really.
Now, it could be that you just want to be a lot more creative in your retirement. And this is definitely something that you can explore further. Maybe you always wanted to paint? Or to learn another kind of craft? Or maybe you want to write? Why not just try? This passion project could really fulfil your life for the next thirty or more years!
And then finally, this could be the perfect time for you to spend a bit more time being active. Maybe you love to walk or you’ve always wanted to hike or bike or climb? Some may say that starting these activities in retirement is the wrong way around – but they’re wrong. If you’re able-bodied and somewhat fit, then now is a great time to explore a more adventurous side of your personality. And you’ll be looking after your health as you do it!
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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