Worked Hard? Play Hard! Retire to the Good Life

work hard play hardNot sure what to do with yourself now that you’ve finally retired?

Sometimes retirement can be a strange transition for people, especially if they are used to being very active and involved with their work life. When all of a sudden they cannot go to work anymore, they start to feel bored, disconnected and sometimes even depressed. Your career is a major part of your identity as well as your role within the community and when it disappears you might feel a little bit out of place.

To make the most of your retirement, it is important to start thinking about how you will spend your time once you are no longer working. You’ve spent all those years working hard, so it’s time to kick back and relax. Why not spend time seeing the sights around the world, picking up a new hobby, traveling around the country in an RV, volunteering your time, starting your own company or learning a new skill or talent?

Having a fun and active retirement will give you a sense of achievement and satisfaction for taking the time to enjoy what you have been working toward. Healthy pursuits will keep your mind active, your body supple and you will meet new friends and build a strong community around yourself.

Here are a few ideas of what you could do during your retirement.

Travel the World

Your retirement is a great chance to travel and treat yourself to the pleasure of experiencing different cultures and seeing amazing sights. Your children have grown up and are living on their own so you are free to leave for as long as you wish and you probably have a bit of money saved up. You could take an Alaskan cruise, rent an apartment by the Mediterranean for a few months or buy a motor home and take a road trip. You don’t have to worry about any limitations on your vacation time anymore, so you are free to take an extended trip or even live in a foreign country for a while. If leaving the country isn’t your cup of tea, you can always rent a car and take a road trip to see the beauty of Canada.

Start Your Own Business

Now that you are retired, you have the chance to try out an entrepreneurial idea that you have always had in the back of your mind, whether it is creating your own boutique bed-and-breakfast or selling your artwork at the Sunday Farmers market. Whatever you choose, make sure you’re passionate about your venture so it will be a labour of love. This is also a great way to stay connected to your community and make new friends.


Spend your time giving back to the community with a volunteer position. You could use your skills to help in a number of ways, from helping the homeless to teaching children’s programs to caring for animals at a shelter. Not only does volunteering give you a sense of satisfaction for doing something good for others, but it is also a great way to stay involved in your community and beat the lonely and disconnected feeling that retirees often have. In your volunteer role you will meet many people who share your passions and interests and you will make some great friends.

Write a Book

You have lived a long and rich life and have a lot of wisdom and stories to share, so why not write it all down? You could write an advice book, a novel or even a memoir. Maybe it will become a bestseller or maybe it will only be read by your grandkids; either way, writing a book is a great way to express yourself and share your experiences.

Learn Something New

You are never too old to learn a new skill and in fact, learning something new will help to keep your brain functioning clearly well into old age. When it comes to those neurons that keep you mentally sharp, it really is a case of “use ’em or loose ’em.” You could learn a new language, take music lessons or start taking courses at your local college on an interesting topic. Some colleges and universities even offer classes for free for people over 65. Take pleasure in the act of learning for the sake of learning and enjoy how your new skills and knowledge enrich your life.

You’ve worked hard to reach retirement and now that you have the time, fill your days with things that you enjoy. These are just a few of the fun things that you can look forward to doing in your retirement.


About the Author: April Lawson is a retired school teacher who has her own blog about arts and culture in her community. She loves to rent a car and take daytrips with her friends to explore all that Canada has to offer. She recommends you click here to find car rentals.

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  1. Even if you do retire by choice, and even if you have enough money coming in to support yourself, you could find that retirement isn’t all that you thought it would be. Going from working a full-time job to having nowhere specific that you “have” to be each day sounds fantastic, but some retirees end up feeling bored and unproductive. After years of a structured schedule, the hours can seem endless.

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