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How Passion Can Replace Your Career When You Retire

  • January 28, 2019
  • By 50 Shades
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How Passion Can Replace Your Career When You Retire

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.

How Passion Can Replace Your Career in Retirement

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.

How Passion Can Replace Your Career in Retirement

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.

How Passion Can Replace Your Career in Retirement

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.

Volunteering

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.

How Passion Can Replace Your Career in Retirement

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.

How Passion Can Replace Your Career in Retirement

Getting Creative

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!

Getting Active

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!

How Passion Can Replace Your Career in Retirement

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By 50 Shades, January 28, 2019 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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50 Shades

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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4 Comments
  • Life Images by Jill
    February 2, 2019

    my goodness, when I retired so many new things that I’ve always wanted to do, or spend more time on came into my life, and I am LOVING retirement as it has given me time to indulge my passions. Though sometimes I have too much on the go!

    • Kathy
      February 4, 2019

      Yes you are the perfect model of what a retiree should look like! There is so much to indulge our passions in once we retire. It’s hard to know where to start!

  • Kate
    February 12, 2019

    Retirement is a life transition and it only depends on us to make it a change for the best towards a better lifestyle. It is the best time to fulfill your dreams.

    • Kathy
      February 13, 2019

      It certainly is Kate. It is a period of adjustment and sometimes a little hard to get used to. Feeling purposeful definitely helps.

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