Learning a new language
Despite popular belief, we can all learn a new language at any age. While learning two or more languages while growing up can definitely make it easier, learning a new one over the age of 50 is definitely possible.
According to experts, there is no “cap” or age limit to learn. In fact, learning a new language is like giving your brain a workout. Make use of your free time in retirement to learn a language full-time, book a tutor, or even try traveling and immersing yourself in a new culture.
Arts and crafts
While the image of a retired man taking up carpentry or a retired woman knitting sweaters may seem stereotypical, don’t let that stop you. Arts and crafts like sewing, painting, and carving relieve stress, keep your hands busy, and help with the mind. Additionally, items you create can be sold or displayed. Many retirees sell their work as an additional source of income or as a fundraiser for their church or other organization.
Become a mentor or coach
Last but not least, sharing your life experience and skills with others is something to consider while retired. If you are an expert in your field, giving talks and mentoring younger generations passes down your knowledge and can improve outcomes. In addition, volunteering and mentoring keeps your skills fresh and your mind sharp. Your years of service and experience are valuable and you will provide inspiration to aspiring youth and adults.
Other hobbies to try
Start a collection
One of the ironies of life is that as children, we want many things but can’t afford them. Then, as adults, we can afford things but may not have time to enjoy them. Retirement may be the perfect time to start collecting things that you are interested in. Popular things to collect include figures, pop culture items, cards, and coins. In addition, look for a community of collectors to discuss and discover new things about the hobby.