When most people think about retirement, they picture older people sitting in a rocking chair, reading the newspaper, or spending time on the couch watching television all day. However, after you retire it doesn’t have to be a time for you to wait around and die. Many retirees are active and living full lives.
A great thing about being retired is you have time to explore and try things you’ve always wanted to do. This is your time to focus on yourself and realize long-held dreams and goals. Here are 10 things to do with your time when you retire.
1. Start an encore career
Have you been curious about a particular career, but you never pursued it due to lack of time or resources? Why not try on a whole new career once you leave your current one? One way to pursue a new gig after you retire is to enter an encore career (also known as a second-act career). Roughly 47% of retirees say they have worked or plan to work during retirement. In addition, about 72% of pre-retirees age 50 and over say they want to keep working after they retire, according to a Merrill Lynch and Age Wave study.
Next: Hit the books.