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Retirement for the Young at Heart

Updated on June 1, 2019
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Ask me about retirement. I have been retired for 4 years now and have loved every minute. Come on in and look at retirement with laughs an


So You're Going to Retire.

Nobody ever said retiring was the first step into an old folks home. As a matter of fact, for many people it is the beginning of a whole new life. Just think of it - no more working, unless you want to, of course.

Think of all the free time you will have. If you're lucky enough to be with someone, think of all you can do together. It's a great big world outr there. Sit back and enjoy it. You're not old. You're new life is just beginning.

Fun Things To Do When You Retire

  1. Learn something new. Take a class in painting, another language or even Greek cooking.
  2. Start a new hobby. You've always said you wanting to learn to ski, crochet, or fly. Now you have the time.
  3. Bcome a wine connoisseur. You love wine. Run around to all of those wonderful vineyards and learn all about it.
  4. Get a part time job. For example, you're quite good at fixing things around the house so get a job at a do-it-yourself type store.
  5. Take a trip. You've always wanted to go to Alaska on a train trip. What's stopping you now?
  6. Volunteer. There are scads of worthy organizations that would love your help. Find one you like and help.
  7. Take up gardening. You love the beautiful flowers in your neighbors yard. Now is the time for you to start digging and planting.
  8. Join a Gym. You'd be amazed how many senior citizens are spending mtime at the gym these days.
  9. Write a book. This is my favorite. You've had ideas floating around in your head for a book for years. Now is the time to get them out of your head and onto paper.

You've looked forward to it all your life.  Now enjoy it.
You've looked forward to it all your life. Now enjoy it. | Source

Fun Retirement Quotes

Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age.

Nothing does — except wrinkles.

It's true, some wines improve with age.

But only if the grapes were good in the first place.

Abigail Van Buren

Never ask old people how they are if you have anything to do that day.

Joe Restivo

According to your latest figures, if you retired today, you could live very, very comfortably until 2 p.m. tomorrow."

Dave Erhard

Happiness is taking early retirement and spending all of my kids' inheritance before I die!

Author Unknown

The money is no better in retirement but the hours are!

Author Unknown

Yes, I am thoroughly enjoying retirement! The best part is observing my neighbors drive off to work in the morning knowing that their day will be filled with jerks, brainless and endless meetings, jerks, vendor lunches where you hold your breath just waiting for the sales pitch until you regurgitate your pasta, more jerks and the eventual company reorganization of the section that was just reorganized last month!

Bill Kalmar

Some find that retirement leaves you strapped for cash.
Some find that retirement leaves you strapped for cash. | Source

Fun Jobs for the Young at Heart Retiree

  • Golf Course Jobs

If you love golf this is your place to put in your applications. There are several different jobs you can do at a golf course. For example: Sales in the Pro Shop, Marketing and Promotions, Food Service, Graphics, Computer Operations, Golf Cart Maintainance, Golf Course Maintainance, and if you're really good at golf you could be an Instructor.

  • Sports Team Worker

Many sports teams hire seasonal and part time workers. You could get a job ushering, in ticket sales, food service, clean up or set up.

  • Retail Jobs

Now is the time to start your own business. I'm talking about Avon, Mary Kay, teaching a craft or working for a retail establishment that sells what you are interested in. If you love to do crafts or ew, work for a craft/fabric store. If you enjoy being around or making jewelry, work in a jewelry department.

  • Teachers Aide

If you love being around children this would be a terrific job. You would be able to be with them for a fews hours a day. You will never find a more rewarding job. It would be a chance to make a difference in a young person's life. Anothern plus is that you would have evenings, weekends, and summers off.

  • Marina Job

If you like being near or on the water, this is the type of job for you. You could be a boat cleaner, tour guide, harbormaster, fuel attendant, or a boat instructor.

  • Van or Shuttle Driver

There are many uses for a van or a shuttle driver besides businesses using them to transport their customers. There is a need for transportation for airport, hospital, hotels, and even car dealerships. Also, now that people are living longer and having more of a problem getting around on their own, there is a great need for transportation to the doctors, grocery stores and various other place people need to visit.

  • Researcher

If rearch is your thing you'll love this type of job. There are companies and universities out there looking for researchers. If you are good at researching you will be able to name your hours and work at home if you wish.

  • Selling Online

You can make a tidy sum selling merchandise online at places such as Craigsslist, Amazon, or Ebay. You can start out by selling what you have in your own home. If you decide this is what you like doing you can buy new merchandise from many different merchandisers online.

  • Freelance Writing

You've thought about writing for years, now is your chance. You can write articles for an online media company, write articles for your local newspaper, submit artiicles to your favorite magazines, or publish articles online with hubpages, wizzley, squido, or many of the other sites available.

© 2013 Susan Hazelton


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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Retirement is wonderful and I never run out of things to do. There were so many things I thought I would have time for when dreaming about retiring. Now, I wonder how I ever got anything done working all the time. And you're right, it is a great time to write a book.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      FlourishAnyway, I hope he enjoys his retirement.

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      6 years ago from USA

      My dad just retired 10 days ago so this was helpful! He's still in the stage where he feels like he is on vacation.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE, thanks. I just think that retirement is there to try new things.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      easylearningweb, I like that saying. True, it could be relevant to freelancers.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Many years of work can make one feel bored when retired young and yes your points are most helpful

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      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Great ideas, not only for retirement, but also for freelancers with some extra time on their hands. What's that other saying (author unknown), "Don't put off tomorrow what you can do today."

      Voted up and useful!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      prasetio, i think retirement is a time to kick up your heels and live. Hope your mother is enjoying her retirement.

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My mother had retire as teacher. I'll show this hub to her. I love your tips and I think many people will love this hub as well as great inspiration. Thanks for sharing with us. Up and useful :-)


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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      CozyPozy, my how the times have changed. Now retriement is the beginning of a whole new life.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      drbj, I do what I can. I thought Jimmy Durante would be perfect for this hub.

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      7 years ago from USA

      Years ago, so many (men especially) associated retirement w/the end of life, but as you've pointed out so well, it's just the beginning!

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Super suggestions, KKGals, funny but meaningful quotes, and a serenade from the great Durante. Thank you. Enjoyed every moment.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      hawaiianoddysseus, thanks. Afterall, just because you're retired doesn't mean you're old.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jaye Wisdom, it certainly is something to look forward to. You time is your own.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      aviannovice, I so look forward to that time. I can't see how I'll be anything but busy.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Lastheart, I look forward to retiring. There's no need to sit around the house and twiddle your thumbs. It a big world out there. Retirement is the time to get out and do what you didn't have time to do before.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      kidscrafts, I agree with the sleeping later in the morning. Afterall, your time is really your own. I have a long list of thbngs to do also. I hope I have time to finish them all.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy W, I see some of the retired people with a lot of time on their hands and some who are going through the rest of their life like a whirlwind. I'd rather be busy. :)

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      7 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Ah, yes, written like a true baby boomer! : ) I found this to be whimsical and nicely balanced with the quotations, Jimmy Durante (aw!!!) video, and suggestions for fun jobs for retirees. Thank you so much for concocting this fun piece! Aloha, my friend!


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      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      The thing I enjoy most about retirement is that I'm no longer slave to an alarm clock and early mornings. If I want to stay up late at night and sleep in the next morning, it's my call.

      Voted Up++


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      KoffeeKlatch Gals this is very useful and entertaining. I am a retired teacher since December and there is so much to do. My coworkers warned me that I will be boring and depress...there is no time for that. Thanks for sharing I will pass this on.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Great tips on what to do after retiring. Keeping busy is the secret or else we will be totally lost after retiring.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I said that I'd never retire, but I have so many things to do other than work, I don't even have time for the TV that I don't own.

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      7 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Your list of things is so long that I think retirement sounds more tiring than working. I will keep working ;-)

      Great hub with excellent suggestions! You forgot one thing... sleep a little bit later in the morning :-) I would enjoy that one a lot!

      I love your quotes!

      Thank you for sharing this hub about retirement.... I can't wait... I have a long list of things to do!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Loved the various quotes some of which are funny and others...all too true. Ha! You have given people many ideas of what to do with their time once retired if they do not already have their days filled to the brim. Up and useful votes.


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