Hobbies enrich our lives and motivate creativity and inspiration. Besides daily chores, errands, and meals, we all need something to give our lives a little color and excitement. Retiring means that your job is no longer central to your day; you are on your own schedule now, so what will you do with it? Whether you’re a lover of the outdoors, or you find your inspiration from behind a canvas, it’s time to go out and find a hobby that suits your goals and lifestyle. There is a tendency for people to slow down as they get older and sometimes they have to give up sports activities they enjoyed as younger people because they are too hard for them physically. The truth is that after a person retires it becomes increasingly necessary for them to pursue hobbies that allow them to connect with other people and to keep their mind sharp.
Gardening can be a great way to get outside, connect with nature, and maybe get some produce out of it. If you have an outdoor space, gardening can be your new favorite past-time; go ahead and take a peek at which plants grow best depending on your climate and season, and put your green thumb to the test. Are fruits and veggies not your thing? Maybe flowers and succulents are your answer. Different plants require different skill-levels, and you can surely find the best plant to suit your level of interest and ability. Beginners can likely find success in planting radishes, which do well even if your soil isn’t the best, and which are ripe for harvesting after only a few weeks. Salad greens are also awesome at the hands of even the not-so-green thumbs; spinach, arugula, or the mix of your choice can grow nicely alongside your radishes, and many companies sell pre-packaged mixes of the seeds you’re looking for.
The sun, the wind, the dirt under your feet; getting up, and getting out sure does the body good. Go ahead and get your blood pumping with a hike on a sunny day. There are trail options all over the place, all you need to do is make a search online to find a hiking trail near you that suits your experience and interest. Want a more active, longer hike, with inclines? Or maybe a short trot around a nearby pond? There’s always a local green space for you to spend an hour or so listening to the wind in the trees and the birds chittering from the branches. Not to mention, it doesn’t cost anything to go out and connect with the great outdoors.
Spending time outdoors and around the water is something that a lot of senior citizens truly enjoy. The hobby of fishing satisfies the desire to accomplish something with very little effort and the fish that are caught makes for a tasty dinner. Fishing can be a great pastime if you’re looking for a few peaceful, calming hours in the morning sunshine. The meditative stillness that is often associated with fishing has been drawing people to the activity for years, and you can get started whenever you want (so long as it’s the right time of year). Head out onto the still morning waters and place your line into the water—see what happens. Listen to the nature around you as the boat teeters beneath your body. No boat? Park yourself down on the shore or on the nearby boardwalk, and sit in the silence and the calm. If you haven’t been out fishing before, there’s no harm in learning something new and trying it out with your friends and family.
Knitting Or Crocheting
Knitting or crocheting has a wonderful way of sucking you in. Once you get into the rhythm of the needles, time flies. Go ahead and turn on your favorite radio station or TV show for some background noise, and let the calming effect wash over you. One of the best parts of picking up either of these past-times as a hobby is a physical representation you get out of your job well done. Even if you’re just a beginner, you get to watch as your craftsmanship improves with every hat or scarf you make, and you can use your creations as gifts or home fixtures.
Scrapbooking is a generations-old pastime with incredibly rewarding results. This has become very popular in the past few years and groups have sprung up around the country that meets regularly to work on pages for their scrapbooks and visit with friends. Many church groups have started clubs that meet in church classrooms where supplies are shared by all that participate in the hobby. There are plenty of ways to get into scrapbooking without buying expensive equipment or pens, and one of the best options is creating scrapbooks and photo books online. Making photo books online is possible through services like Shutterfly, Walgreens Photo, Mixbook, and many more. And one of the best parts of creating these photo books is the ability to have multiple copies sent to all of your friends and family. The photo books are a wonderful physical representation of your creativity and memories, and a great way to document the wonderful times you’ve had with those you love.
If you have a knack for 3D art and want to try your hand at something that keeps you creative, making jewelry could be just the thing for you. Most hobby stores have a jewelry section where you can pick out beads, wires, elastic bands, and pendants to create anything you might want. Feel free to follow online tutorials, or pick up a book on jewelry-making while you’re perusing the hobby stores, and see where this new hobby takes you.
Painting And Drawing
There’s always more to learn when you’re working on a craft, and the arts are a fun avenue to explore if you’re looking to express yourself while learning more. Painting and drawing are a great way to connect with the artist in you. Painting and drawing can be done anywhere, anytime, and can meet you wherever your skillset begins. You can watch beginner painting videos online if you’re looking to start from a blank canvas. Or, if you’d like to start with a guide, adult coloring books have become increasingly popular, and there are all sorts of genres to choose from, from garden spaces to animals and fantasy lands. If the painting has piqued your interest, you can also check out canvases where you can paint-by-number (a painting pastime where you paint a numbered section on a canvas that coincides with a color that comes with the kit).