I hear from so many people that once they retire, that’s when their life gets real busy! They can’t figure out how they ever managed to work a 40 hour week, because they seemingly have no left over time in retirement! I consider myself to be somewhat retired, since I kind of do whatever I want anyway, and I know that I am way busier now than I ever was when I had a “regular” job.
So, what keeps me busy? Well, I like to travel around the Philippines (primarily traveling around Mindanao), I have picked up a new hobby – photography. In conjunction with my travel, I enjoy trying to learn about new cultures (particularly the various Muslim cultures in Mindanao). I like meeting people, which also ties in with my travel. I am in the midst of trying to learn a new language (Bisaya). Have you noticed any pattern there? They all kind of tie in together. I am in heaven when I take a trip to a Muslim area (especially in the ARMM – Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao) with my camera in tote, take a lot of photos of the area, feature my pictures on my various blogs, meet the people, try talking to them, etc. I can tie this all in together, and I have a great time! In addition, I have figured out a way where I actually make an income doing these things that I love! That’s right, by publishing articles and photos both on my various websites and also in print media, I have been able to earn a fairly nice living by doing the things that I enjoy.
What about you? What will you do when you settle in here and retire? A lot of people enjoy kicking back and the beach and drinking beer. Hey, that sounds nice too, but after a few days of that I’d get pretty bored! Honestly, there are so many things that I look forward to doing, it could be years before I run out of things to keep me busy! Don’t take me wrong, there will certainly be more than a few days at the beach, and 3 or 4 bottles of beer to go along too. Actually, though, I don’t drink much. On average, I probably drink 4 beers in a year, so I guess I’ll keep busy with other things too!
How about you, what things do you look forward to keeping yourself busy in your golden years? Do you have a plan, or will you “play it by ear?” For me, I’ll do a “little of both,” I guess.