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Finally! It is time to put some thought into retirement. Not only saving up for it but how we intend to manage time and make the most of it. For many, retirement is the perfect time to explore what you love most. In previous blogs, we've discussed in greater depth why it is important to create your personalized retirement bucket, as well as ten ideas you could include. In this post, we'll detail ten more ideas to help get your own retirement bucket list started!
10 More Ideas for Your Retirement Bucket List!
1. Learn a Musical Instrument
Learning a musical instrument in your retirement years is not only fun, but it also comes with a number of mental and physical health benefits! Through the soft tunes, you can calm mental stress, boost your focus, and even improve your memory. And when you are alone, it's a wonderful cure for boredom. And thanks to the physical classes, you will meet new friends with similar interests in mind as you.
Not sure which instrument to start with? Click here!
Or, if you're ready to get started, click here to learn about the best resources to use to learn to play the instrument you've selected from home!
2. Learn a New Foreign Language
To be upfront, learning a new foreign language is not an easy task. However, it's exciting when you begin speaking a few foreign words and sentences. It really gets exciting if you make plans to travel to a foreign country, where you can practice your new language skills. You will gain both cultural exposure and a piece of new knowledge.
Not sure where to get started? Click here to learn about the top six ways to learn a new language!
3. Learn a New Art Form
Art is a great hobby. It's fun and allows for the expression of your thoughts and emotions to your audience. There are various ways of self-expression through art and also sharing of new ideas. You can do this through art paintings, drawing, woodworking, pottery, or any other form that interests you! If you are an art enthusiast, take an art lesson and learn your favorite art form. Look at local classes in your community, or try improving your skills with websites like Youtube or Skillshare.
4. Start a Blog
Do you like to write? Well, start a blog! It can be about anything that interests you. Writing a blog gives you unlimited opportunities to share whatever is on your mind. It's also an accessible platform for writers who didn't have the opportunity during their working years. You can share memoirs through it, your experiences, expertise, or anything else!
Not sure where to start? Check out our tips for overcoming writer's block.
Or, do you like writing, but you're not ready to start and maintain your own blog? Consider contributing to the Cantissimo Senior Living blog. Learn more here!
5. Find a New Place to Volunteer
Volunteering is one of the best ways to contribute to the community. It's an honorable deed that leads to wonderful memories. Often, community organizations need volunteers during their functions.
That's not all; you can also find personal fulfillment and feel rewarded by volunteering in community charities. Therefore, there are more than enough places to contribute to if you want to spare part of your retirement time volunteering.
To get started, check out our post, 10 Great Volunteer Opportunities To Try in Retirement!
6. Learn to Cook a New Favorite Meal
Learning to cook a new favorite meal can be a very rewarding experience. It's fun to explore new recipes and try dishes you never have before. It helps to gain an appreciation for new ingredients and styles of cooking. Plus, nutrition and eating well are vital for healthy aging. Cooking your own meals puts you in control of your diet.
Last but not least, you'll be popular for your wonderful foods. Guests will love visiting and enjoying your cooking!
7. Stay Connected on Social Media
When you retire, many of your friends may also be in retirement. And as such, it's easy to see your friends less. You don't run into each other at work, and your schedules change with travel and other interests that keep you apart. But through social media, you can easily keep in touch with all your friends and family, even if they live far away.
If you're unsure where to get started, check out our blog post, Social Media: What's It All About?
Then check out our posts on how to get started with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok!
8. Get a Pet
Pets are invaluable companions with unlimited benefits. They will always be with you to offer you unconditional love and joy. When everyone is busy with duties and other responsibilities, they will never leave your side.
So, if you need a reliable friendship, comfort, and happiness, get a pet. You can choose to have a dog, cat, or whichever pet your desire. After all, now you have all the time to invest in your pet, something that was not possible earlier in life.
9. Take a Class on Something that Interests You
Learning doesn't end when you retire. In fact, it's a great way to fight memory loss and develop a more focused mind. In this category, you have an endless of options of things to do. But if you want it to be fun and exciting, take a class on something that interests you most. It can be a class of music, poetry class, and yoga, among others. Also, use this opportunity to meet new people and forge friendships.
10. Take a Special Vacation with Each Grandchild
Many people dream of taking exotic vacations in retirement. One very special way to approach retirement travel is to share it with your grandchildren. For example, ask each grandchild to think of a trip they'd like to take and help them make it a reality. The experiences you share traveling with grandchildren will be invaluable and cherished forever.
The best retirement experience can only be so if you have a plan in place. And your plan should not only include finances. Think about what you need that money for, and what you'd like to accomplish in this stage of life. It's never too early to start planning!
So, what have you chosen as ideas for your retirement bucket list? Please, let us know in the comments below!