Giving myself a kick in the a..

by Canada gal

I retired when I was 62 (3 years ago). My husband is same age and retiring next month. We are making big life changes by moving from the rainy west coast to sunny Alberta to be closer to the kids/ grandkids.

I have been doing very little in retirement. No hobbies, no exercise, just making dinner for a husband who is self sufficient.

I do worry about him being bored and miserable. He loves to be busy but has no hobbies or interests outside of work.

It has come to me after reading these comments that it is my responsibility to find things for us to do. So this morning I looked into getting a plot at a community garden, signed up for newcomers club and started to research recreation center programs.

Hope I follow through!

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by: Anonymous

You certainly on the right track. The groups you mention sound really good.

Lost But Still Hopeful
by: Joe W.

This is probably the same predicament for too many seniors that are transitioning from career jobs to getting the right activities in their own retirement life.

This is not an easy problem to solve because there are tons of opportunities for retirees. Maybe start by joining the new Retirement Online Forum where you will have the opportunity to discuss your situation with other like-minded seniors.

Welcome! I also live in Alberta.

Need to find a purpose
by: John A . / Tyler, TX

Hey Canada Gal:

My suggestion for both you and the hubby is to find a purpose in life in your retirement years. Volunteer, write, start your own business, garden or what ever lights your rockets. What is important is that you do something that gives enjoyment and a sense of purpose.

If you do nothing, you won't know when you are finished. And doing nothing is bad for your physical and mental health. You won't be around long not doing anything.

Giving myself a kick in the a..
by: Janet

Hello Canada gal,

I wish you and your husband all the best in your retirement. You are moving to be closer to your family. Moving is a big change for you.

As far as hobbies and finding something to do, I am sure you and your husband having been active all these years will find other hobbies and outlets. Do enjoy your time together. I am trying to find out who I am now as a single person. I had the sudden loss of my soulmate and we both had retired.

I am blessed that I had a few years to share in retirement with him. Again I wish you and your husband happiness and good times in your retirement enjoy your family.

Keeping busy
by: Carolyn

Yes, a lot of people have the problem of finding interests - fortunately I have a lot but it was still difficult to push myself once I retired and had all that time stretching out - but I am volunteering for an animal shelter, I joined the museum and the art gallery, I go hiking and to lunch with my friends who are also retired, I take two or three day trips to visit friends out of town, I take a major trip once a year (Ireland this spring), I read, I attend free lectures at the university, I enjoy social media and I keep a journal.

Try and find that which gives you pleasure like your gardening or a book club or whatever works.

It has really helped me and its a must.

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