Holy cow Sandman62 - the Retirement Roll Call can safely give you the award for the Most Energetic Retirement To-Do ListSandman62 wrote: ↑More of a "loose plan" than an agenda, but here goes:
That should give me plenty of options for the first few years. I've never lacked for hobbies and interests, so I'll make the rest up as I go.
- More social time with parents and other retired relatives and friends (though the list of retired friends will take a few years to catch up, seeing I'm only 55)
- Weekly golf with my 80-year old dad and his best friend (and one of my brothers or my son when available)
- Getting to go to the gym without having worked all day
- Cycling the many nearby bike paths, some within 10 minutes, others within 30-60
- Disc golf with one of my brothers who enjoys it
- Maybe get a kayak
- Playing my edrum kit a lot more and getting back into acoustic guitar beyond the extreme beginner level I explored over a decade ago. Probably jamming a bit with some friends, maybe even record a little
- Several home/yard improvement and tidy-up/organizing projects
- Transferring, organizing and editing decades of home video tapes and photos
- Continuing to play in 15-30+ fantasy football leagues per year
- Playing poker a couple times per month, usually home games, but also within an hour of two casinos
- Maybe get back into volunteer coaching youth baseball
- Maybe pickup bowling again
- Maybe grow a vegetable garden
- Maybe explore writing, blogging, photography, or painting (or not?)
- Having spent my entire IT career at one insurance company, the last decade not doing much coding, maybe delve into smartphone app coding for a change of pace
- More time with my wonderful (teacher) wife of 30 years during her time off. (She wants to work a few more years.) We're not big travelers, preferring a couple short trips per year and day trips over weeklong or longer ones. But we do have some places we'd like to see; so maybe annual or biannual trips too
- Hopefully some grandkids in a few years (DD married last summer)
I particularly like this plan: "Weekly golf with my 80-year old dad and his best friend (and one of my brothers or my son when available)"
There is just something special about having a regular time, a pre-arranged schedule, a non-negotiable set-aside period of time to be spent with loved ones doing something enjoyable together. Golf, lunches, dinners, tennis, shopping, Broadway plays, walks & hikes, etc. Looking forward to this special time each week or month is part of the joy. Then actually being together for the time extends the joy. No one wants it to end. The wonderful memories complete the joy.
Then when you part, everyone begins looking forward to the next special time together
Especially with your 80-year old father and his best-friend, and one of your brothers or your son. How much longer do you have this unique opportunity? Three generations enjoying the moments together.
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze."
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears."
("Fiddler on the Roof")