When you were busy raising a family and working, it probably seemed like you hardly ever had much time for personal hobbies. While you might have dabbled here or there in scrapbooking, genealogy or gardening, most of your time was devoted to other, more pressing things.
Now that you are retired and the kids are grown and gone, you might finally have the time to pursue some hobbies. Whether you want to rekindle your love of a past hobby or try something new, there are plenty of fun and interesting options. As a bonus, some of them might even help to bring in a little extra income.
Tutor Kids in Math, Spelling or English
According to U.S. News and World Report, retirees are looking for ways to boost their monthly incomes. A great way to do this is to take up a hobby that is not only enjoyable, but can also be a paying job. A terrific example of this is tutoring. And as a major plus, you don’t have to be a retired teacher to become an in-demand tutor. Chances are good that you helped your kids with their homework when they were younger, and if you always found algebra to be awesome or spelling to be a snap, you might want to consider becoming a paid tutor.
You can either post your service online with a site like Craigslist, or you can become part of a large online tutoring service like WyzAnt.
Become a Gourmet Chef
When the kids were in school and life was busy, a lot of your home cooking probably involved getting tasty yet easy-to-prepare meals on the table. Now that you are retired, if you have always enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, it is a great time to bring your love of cooking to the next level. Spend some time browsing through cookbooks and online cooking websites looking for recipes that you want to try, and take a course through a local cooking school, upscale kitchen supply shop, or community center. Sur La Table offers cooking classes all across the U.S.
Hit the Open Road on a Motorcycle
Maybe you had a motorcycle before you started a family, or you always envied those who hopped on the back of a Harley and headed out on the highway looking for adventure. No matter what your motivation is, retirement can be a great time to rediscover or launch your love of motorcycles. You can check local ads to purchase a pre-owned machine that’s in great shape or buy a new model from a motorcycle shop, and then stock up on safety equipment. The online retailer BikeBandit offers a wide variety of helmets, jackets and other equipment that you’ll need before heading out on your new or new-to-you motorcycle.
Volunteer Your Time
If you find yourself pining away for those days when others depended on you, you might enjoy spending some of your time volunteering. One of the great things about volunteering is that you can decide where, when and how to spend your time. If you love your own pets, you might see if a local animal shelter needs help with walking dogs, grooming kitties or cleaning out cages. If you like to garden, you might ask if you can help to beautify the exterior of a nursing home or library. And if you love being around kids, inquire at the middle school down the road if you can help out in the library or in other ways.
This article is from Alison Stanton, who has been a freelance writer for the past 14 years. Based in the Phoenix, Arizona area, Alison enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics, but especially loves meeting interesting people and telling their stories.