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What to Do When You Retire?

Updated on September 9, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.


People ask me what do you do when you retire. I decided to write this article.

- July 2017

My Lists...

  • I am doing some travel. When I was working, I traveled all over the world. Now, I travel for leisure and I can bring my wife and even my adult kids.
  • I joined a Writer's group at our local library. We meet twice a month and share our writings. We support and help each other to be better communicators.
  • I publish articles online on HubPages. So far, I have over 400 articles spanning many topics. I try to write one article a week on average.
  • I decided to organize a reunion of some of my old IBM colleagues. It has been 15 years since I left IBM Research.
  • I took on a charity cause to help my old Alma Mater CCNY Fencing Team. As part of this effort, I reached out to some of my college teammates. Some we had not seen in 40 years. It was a great reunion.
  • I volunteer part time at the Westchester County Archives. I help them digitize some old photographs from the 1930s.
  • I borrow books from our local library and read.
  • I started my own personal Digital Archive project to capture some of my collections of artifacts...
  • I am digitizing all my old family photo albums. I plan to capture all by individuals and groups and make copies onto USB drives to give away to family.
  • I am trying to downsize. Going through my basement and other storage areas to donate stuff or throw out stuff to reduce the clutter.
  • I started doing some simple woodworking like refinishing a raw wood slab table.
  • I also attends a colloquium every Friday afternoon when I have time. It is held at the Lamont Doherty Observatory in Palisades, NY. A part of Columbia University earth sciences which are engaged in studying climate change.
  • I manage my own retirement investments by trading in stocks and mutual funds.
  • I refurbished my old bicycle and have started riding after 40 years.
  • I am also singing Karaoke at home.We have an old System that plays VCDs. It still works.
  • I got back into fencing after a 9 year hiatus. I joined the Fencers Club.


It just seems there is not enough hours in the day. How did I ever find the time to work 40 hours a week? Good luck finding your retirement hobby.

© 2017 Jack Lee


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      Jack Lee 7 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Thanks for checking in. You are doing well in retirement. There are some who has worked all their adult lives and when faced with retirement, does not know what to do with their time. I wrote this article to help...

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      Louise Powles 7 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Oh I'll find plenty of things to do to fill my time when I retire. I already do voluntary work, so plan to carry on doing that. Plus I do a lot of writing on the Internet, and my craft hobbies. I'll never get bored!