Picking up a Hobby in Retirement

by Emily on April 6th, 2017

Let’s face it: we all need alone time. Picking up a retirement hobby is a perfect solution.

Sometimes the concept of going to this game night on Tuesdays or that swim on Thursdays can be overwhelming. Luckily, finding a new hobby in retirement doesn’t mean you have to be out and about, meeting new people, and filling your calendar all the time. There’s lots you can do to have an enriching retirement with just yourself. Consider these four hobbies you can do on your own time, from the comfort of your own home.

1. Learn a Language via Podcast

Rosetta Stone pioneered online language-learning and is still an incredibly popular teaching tool, but did you know you can learn a new language through podcasts too? Try the following:

2. Go to College Online!

Sure, many state universities may offer free or discounted classes to those who are 60+, but what if you’re looking to learn from home? Online learning portals like Coursera, Udacity, and edX offer free and paid courses on a variety of topics such as The Science of Happiness, Introduction to Classical Music, and Artificial Intelligence.

3. Read Harder

Do you fancy yourself a bookworm but often find yourself at a loss for what to read next? Try the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. This yearly challenge gives readers 24 tasks to complete over 12 months (averaging two per month). This year’s reading challenges include: Read a collection of stories by a woman and read a nonfiction book about technology.

4. Be a Movie Buff

Love movies? Stop searching for Rosebud and challenge yourself to watch everything on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Top 100 American Movies of All Time list. Bonus tip: order extra popcorn.

Connect and Share

Love these ideas but would you rather do it with a buddy? Use the tag #nextadventurehome on Twitter to find others who’re interested in the hobbies mentioned above. You can also continue the conversation here by sharing your favorite retirement hobby in the comments section below.


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