Being semi-retired is difficult. There aren’t the demands, rewards, expectations of a real job but there isn’t the freedom to do something completely different either. So I’m interested in articles that propose processes for making these life changes.
- Establish Your Goals
- Make a List of Ideas
- Develop a Master Plan
- Take Small Steps
- Reward Yourself Along the Way
Passion is a pretty strong word.
Many of our friends who are successfully retired are involved in several activities regularly
- active and social – sailing, hiking, tennis, golf
volunteering – museums, youth groups, service organzations
part-time work in area of expertise
social organizations – yacht club, dancing
projects – tractor restoration, home improvements, gardening
reading, writing – book clubs, newsletter
financial – investing
from Covey – 7 Habits
Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal
Physical – health, exercise
Social / Emotional – personal leadership, empathetic communication and creative cooperation
Mental – reading, writing, organizing and planning
Spiritual – commitment to your value system, personal mission statement
I heard an interview with the former editor of JAMA shortly after he had been let go from that position. When asked what he was going to do next, he replied that he didn’t know what he would do but he was sure that it would be interesting and important.
I prefer things to be project-oriented, rather than ongoing processes or operations or service delivery. For example a fellow hiker is active with Meals on Wheels. Delivering meals is a process, staging the annual fund raising event is a project.
So here are some projects that might be considered interesting and important.
producing a deliverable – book, seminar
event planning and staging
provides listings and links to hundered of organizations and thousands of volunteer jobs
military muesums – USS Hornet, Jeremiah O’Brien, Western Aero Mueseum
Tech Awards – interesting problems looking for solutions, implementation
books – observation and commentary, research
research / investigation – this time in financial history, pumping / jamming to keep stock market indicies up artifically?
Everygreen Club – members are 50+, must host in order to participate
Affordable Travel Club – members are 40+, must host in order to participate
Lindblad Expeditions – natualists
Elderhostel is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing extraordinary learning adventures for people 55 and over. From New Hampshire to New Zealand, South Africa to South Dakota, Elderhostel offers you a world of educational opportunities – at exceptional values.
Tauck Tours – bus tours with good accommodations – not cheap though
hiking buddies took central europe tour sept 2006