What is it that we, as seniors and retirees, have quite a bit of? Easy answer – Time!
But if those seniors and/or retirees reading this are anything like me – what is it that bothers us the most now that we have so much time at our disposal – “what are we to do with all this free time we have available to us?”
If one assumes that most of us sleep a minimum of 8 hours an evening, (truthfully, I cannot remember the last time I did that), we are left with 16 hours of so-called “free time.” Is that true though?
For those of us that like to cook and prepare meals, chances are, leastways for me that is, we spend at least 3-5 hours a day just preparing, cooking, eating, and cleaning up afterwards. Possibly more if we tend to go out to a restaurant now and then. So, now we are down to 11 free hours that need to be occupied in some way or another.
Some of us believe that there is something to be said about exercising a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Add to that, time to stretch and if you are into meditation, time for meditation, so let’s add another 30 minutes or so. Now we are down to 10 hours of free time.
What to do, what to do? It has been said that many people watch approximately 5 hours of television a day and chances are that being of the age we are, an educated guess is that the time spent in front of the television is usually at night (I know I would prefer to be sitting in my favorite chair watching TV in the evening rather than being out driving someplace as I am not particularly fond of nighttime driving).
Getting there – as now we are down to 5 hours! Let’s see, now we are truly getting down to the nitty-gritty of how we seniors spend our time. Just maybe, many of us can find other things of interest to occupy our time.
Some of us like to volunteer, others like part-time work, or possibly read a good book. Depending on how physically fit we are I feel certain that some individuals like to make improvements or possibly make-overs to their homes. And then there are those that like to write, blog, scrapbook, or what have you.
I am sure that I am missing many other activities that would occupy an individual’s time. Maybe going back to school (audit classes) is an option as it never hurts to be a life-long, learner. Maybe, one might take up cooking classes, learn a new language, travel to see various parts of the country, spend more time with family, and so forth and so on.
Fact is – maybe, maybe, maybe! I am reminded of the saying “Use it or lose it!” This is a saying sometimes used to aptly describe the best way to off-set the problems that come with aging. There are studies that say and show that if one disengages in later life, things tend to fall apart.
Just because we retire doesn’t mean that we need to stop engaging in many of the complex tasks we did before retirement. Which means that whatever we choose to become involved in (think back to my list of maybe’s), it should involve tasks that require us to keep the brain challenged enough to maintain cognitive functioning. Now that is going to involve quite a few “Maybe’s!”