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Bored with nothing to do

by Max
(Florida)

I have been retired for two years after working for 38 years. I am so bored and I think depressed at the same time. I got divorced at the same time I retired.

I find myself with nothing to do at all except go to my Doctors appointments. See all these years I worked I never had time to develop interests or hobbies like other people. I worked 6 days a week 8-7, on the 7th I rested.

There is nothing I like to do . I find myself doing nothing all day, except for sleeping. I have no friends since at my age 68 I find t difficult to make friends since everyone seems to have their old friends. I feel isolated and depressed, most all the time...

I try to think about what I would like to do and the only thing I do well was my old job.

Nothing seems to interest me , and the few things I do like, walking , fishing , traveling I can't seem to get the motivation to do them. So I don't know what I am going to do for the rest of my time.

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Something to do
by: Sherry

A senior center is a great place to find something to do and meet and make new friends. Get going!

Bored
by: Pharoah UK

I had this experience too and understand how you feel. I worked previously for a politician, a very busy job, and suddenly nothing. However, I made myself do things to fill my time - not always something I wanted to do.

Fake it till you make it.

Now I volunteer at an animal sanctuary, visit an elderly lady once a week, I am about to start teaching exercises for chair bound seniors, I take Spanish lessons and have successfully completed a teaching English to foreigners course.

You may not like everything you start out doing but something will click with you and also I think you will meet other people.

I have made new friends since I retired and you can too. Keep going.

I know How you Feel
by: LZ in Canada

Hi I knew how you feel. I’m only retired 6 months after 20 years on same job. I was going to retire in 2020 but due to cancer I ended up retiring sooner.

I didn’t really mean to retire I was going back to work building had started on this crazy path during my cancer treatment. I also had made work my main focus with friends and work my social activity. Now I’m lost.

I keep sleeping late. I used to be an early riser. Now I’m getting lazy. I’m trying a volunteer job at a hospital gift shop and ice skating class. I’m going to take painting and drawing next month and maybe piano lessons.

I’m trying anything to fight boredom. I’m going to concerts with my husband. I’m thinking of applying for part time or on call work in the fall.

I have to keep busy or I will get emotionally sick again.

Good luck

Options
by: Jane Gramlich, www.janegramlich.com

I believe there are always options in any situation. I also work with people over 50 and I know that what you are facing is a common place where people get stuck.

I would like to give you two suggestions that you might try. Start small and see where it takes you.

The first is to take a look at https://www.meetup.com/
You'll be able to see local groups of various interest. Spend some time with it and perhaps there is a local group that might be a good fit for you. Even if you're not ready to join, it's nice to know that they are there.

The second suggestion I have is to check out AARP's volunteer opportunities at https://www.aarp.org/benefits-discounts/all/create-the-good/

You can enter your location and interest and receive some possible opportunities based on that. Again, you might not be ready to act on it immediately, but you'll know the opportunities are there.

Best of luck to you!

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