So what does one do with their time?


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At first you feel guilty. You SHOULD be working. Something feels unnatural. But soon, you're no longer governed by clocks or by money. You're just YOU! There is nothing to prove to anyone. You read, if you want to, you paint, if you want to. listen to music, if you want to. You have time to move at your own pace. You are at once, limitless, boundless, infinite. You're not resigning to old age. You can now become the real you.
Expand your mind. Indulge in your interests. Do whatever you want!

It can be scary to leave one identity for another, but it can also be invigorating once the new identity of a retiree takes hold.


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I retired at age 53 in 2003 from a full time job with the state government. After sitting at home for 2-3 years I decided to return to work on a
part-time basis. After 11 years of part-time work I decided to call it quits and am now fully retired. I'm not much into physical activity due to my deteriorating knees. I miss walking daily but I just can't do it anymore. I went to a gym several days a week which I enjoyed. They had to close due to Covid and even though they have reopened, my Dr. discouraged me about the safety of going back any time soon. So I piddle at home, play with the dogs, read, watch tv, play computer games, do family genealogy research, etc. Having always been somewhat of a loner I have not missed social activities much. If it gets unbearably monotonous staying at home I'll jump in the car and drive around a little bit.


I have no free time. My father in law always said you will never have any free time once you retire you just get to select what you do. I retired from my engineering company at 52 I’m now 70 and I’m restoring two historical properties, renovating commercial rental properties, my residence and maintaining my mother in laws house. There is always something to do.

i retired from my career job and then a few years later took a part-time job just to be around people again and I just retired from that job in August. This definitely was not the year to retire as you can’t even find volunteer jobs anymore. But I do have one 96 lady that I help once a week with whatever she needs done, and I enjoy that. I have no hobbies and no real desire to pick one up now 😂, sooooo...I try and walk as far as my knees will let me a few days a week, bake (like I really need that too!,) watch netflix, talk with other bored people on the phone. In the summer I love to garden and explore new areas. I was a huge reader but am currently waiting for cataract surgery so can’t do a lot of that right now either. When things get back to normal, I will volunteer a lot of my time, and socialize which I miss like crazy, read, go to movies, and just get back to doing whatever it is that makes me happy 😊


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Both hub and I retired at the same time...we sold our ownership in a health food mfg company 4 years ago.
At first it was different...but we both settled into a routine and since we have a big house and acreage, there is always something to do - projects to keep us interested. Have done a bit of food formulation consulting part time but really it doesn't interest us any more now that we are retired.

Quite honestly, don't know how we ever found the time to work!

Miss having son and his sig other come stay, as he owns a software company in Ohio and used to fly here several times a year. Hopefully, that will get back to some kind of normal within a year.

We are very thankful and embarrassingly happy. Would wish the same for all other retirees here on the forum.
Life is good, enjoy!