One of the things that I look most forward to during retirement is the ability to take part in many more activities than I am able to do right now. My time these days is limited by the 40+ hours I am at work – where doing things like making beer or woodworking is somewhat discouraged – as I am being paid to stare at and talk about numbers all day.
For now, I’m willing to trade my time at the expense of these hobbies I would like to do, and instead cram these interests in as best I can during evenings and weekends – picking up new skills.
During the last couple years of accounting school, my time was monopolized by the courses I was taking – I had a rude awakening by failing due to a lack of focus on the work that needed done. I pushed aside most things I was interested in order to give myself a better opportunity in completing my studies. One thing that kept me somewhat sane during this period of time was the creation of several lists.
One of these lists was of books that I wanted to read – Anytime I saw or heard of a book that I wanted to read, I went onto Goodreads and added it to my list. In the year and a half since I completed school, I have made it about halfway through the books I wanted to read and should catch up by mid – next year.
A second list was things that I either wanted to do as a hobby or learn as a skill. This list was significantly shorter than the books I wanted to read, but seems to be taking much longer to get through. These are projects that will take me years to complete or learn, and are things that I am incredibly interested in doing.
Some people in the past who I have talked to about retirement really don’t know what they would do with themselves if they didn’t go to work. I think that the difference between a “good” retiree and a “bad” retiree is how fulfilled their post-work life is to them – does the individual wake up in the morning excited for the opportunities ahead of them, or are they just grinding up time.
I look forward to the day that I can wake up and do what I want every day, with no financial concerns and with an extra 40 hours per week.
Do you have an unquenchable golf habit, or some other hobby you’re looking forward to in retirement? What are you going to do with all of your time?