Some things to consider to fill the time when you retire

I retired at the age of 60 when I sold my not too successful record business - the business had been in decline for some years and was running close to a loss.

A few weeks after retirement I was utterly bored and just had to find something else to do - It was my niece who suggested that I volunteer my services as an interviewer
through the labour department to interview volunteers who were themselves seeking a job to pass their time. I found it a rewarding pastime which in many cases lead to some of those interviewed getting a free help job - but then in many cases a full time job developed - I did this for a few months before becoming aware of the local budget service who were running a course for budget advisors, I took the 12 week part time course before qualifying. Following this I worked the local area as a volunteer budget advisor-and this I did for about 5 years
before leaving the area to move to our current home.

Again the same boredom set in , and again needed to be doing something and it was then that I was made aware of a local service driving people needing help to the various hospitals - this usually meant a car ride of about 50 miles return to various hospitals - the ride was free but a petrol donation was made - again a very rewarding time.

I am sure there will be some of you who would benefit by giving your services to various organizations far too numerous to mention here - give it some thought -Drummer

Some things to consider to fill the time when you retire was last modified: February 21st, 2017 by Drummer
Published in Home & Family

13 thoughts on “Some things to consider to fill the time when you retire

  1. bubby21

    Thanks Drummer, that was really interesting about how you flung the hum drums away and found something rewarding to do. They say most people are either givers or takers and I believe you to enjoy giving. Me too……. I love doing something special for someone, it makes my day and being a special educator I got to give daily. Whether it be content (academics), self esteem building, social cues (dating and friend making) or supplies for my classroom and the many students in need. I had students, who weren’t mine but came to me anyway for pencils, composition books, 3 ring binders and paper. I spent every year at least $4000 to start the school year and sure wish I had that money now, but smile as I remember how many kids hugged me and stated how I saved their lives. Though thinking back I never had one parent thank me for all that I did for their child even though they weren’t my student. I did have a student write a letter to our current news show and I received a People Taking Action Award. About three years ago one of my first students of 21 years ago, found me on Facebook and told me how I changed her life. We are still friends and talk monthly. One of my students from three years ago, lost his mother when he was in 8th grade with me, I would of loved to take him in, but he had a brother who is doing his best. That student comes over weekly and earns some money as he learns to cut our lawn, my husbands way, construction of some tables and fixing my porch, all under my hubby’s supervision. Some people say their students are just that, but I have always said that my classroom holds our family for the year and I teach them what respect and family means. I love my students as I do my own children and if that meant dying to save them, it would be no question……
    As you can see retirement is leaving a void, a big one but with all of senior chatters help I will get through!

    1. Drummer Post author

      HelloBubby – Thank you for your delightful blog – what a wonderful life you have led -as they say led to the fullest.
      I do hope though that now you are in a position to enjoy your past efforts -that you not sit back and smell the roses!
      You obviously have many wonderful gifts to share. I shall ook forward to hearing more from you in due course.

      Kindest regards Drummer

  2. Drummer Post author

    Hello Bubby – first thanks for becoming my friend its much appreciated. Your comments following my blog
    show that you are a loving and sharing person and I can imagine the void you must feel after the life you have led thus far and I am more than sure that you will find a path to utilize your obvious skills to help those who will undoubtedly need you. If I receive no further replies to my blog, your response has made it worthwhile.
    With best wishes and as we say in New Zealand “Aroha” Drummer

    1. goldengirl1224

      Enjoyed your blog, Drummer — and yes, volunteering is a great way to go after you take retirement. It always sounds like a wonderful idea when you are working – no matter how much you enjoy your job – to be ‘free’ to do as you please, when you please – no early morning alarms and no ‘deadlines’ to meet! But after a short while it becomes – up in the morning- shower,dress — and ‘Now what do I do with the rest of the day’ !! I have been involved in several volunteer activities since taking early retirement some years ago – at one time I volunteered with the an organization that produced audio ‘newspapers’ for visually impaired people – it involved learning new skills – recording, editing and producing the discs
      that were then mailed out. I now volunteer with MacMillan Cancer Information and Support at a hospital not far from my home and find this very rewarding…one of my colleagues also volunteers as a driver for patients who have difficulty accessing transportation to and from their appointments – much like the service you provided – and finds this very rewarding. Its nice to be able to give back to your community, but you also get so much more back yourself I find.
      Volunteers play a major part in all of our societies – and quite often the importance of the roles volunteers play goes unrecognized. Many of our hospitals and other services could not operate efficiently without the work of volunteers.

      1. Drummer Post author

        Hello Golden Girl

        Thanks for your wonderful response – you and I clearly went down similar paths for I too was involved in Audio and Editing work with the Hospitals Radio Service I helped found in Colchester 50plus years ago – and it is good to know that it continues after so many years.

        Hopefully we can both continue giving a helping hand – though I fear in my case they are somewhat feeble now!
        Kindest regards Drummer

    2. Marzipan44

      Hi Drummer

      When we retire it is not only boredom that can hit, but a sudden plunge in self-esteem as our jobs do define us to a greater or lesser degree depending on how we view them. So volunteering can replace our paid jobs and so our self-esteem can be restored.

      There are so many different volunteering roles that they give us a chance to apply for something we really fancy doing instead of having to do what we did to earn a living.

      It is said, in the UK, many institutions or charities would fail if not for volunteers. So as we have so many life skills, as well as practical skills, on reirement to me it is a sin to waste them and not give back to society. We’re still part of it and we still have our part to play.

      1. Drummer Post author

        Hello Marzipan You are so right, there a dozens of voluntary jobs around which is good for the volunteer
        as well as those we are able to help. You are so right when you say things in the UK would fail without volunteers – same here too – and I guess anywhere else.
        Have just finished todays volunteer job – I vacuumed the carpet – now to rest!

        Have a nice day ! Kind regards Drummer

  3. Drummer Post author

    Hello Golden Girl

    It seems that we have similar of what to do after retirement – it is not something everybody would either be able or want to do.

    In my earlier years I was involved in the establishment of Hospitals Radio Colchester and I had the pleasure of returning for the 40th anniversary – I couldn’t face the trip for the 50th which was held recently but my 87 year old frame showed discretion the better part of valor!
    Kind regards Drummere

  4. goldengirl1224

    Such a shame you could not attend the 50th. Anniversary, Drummer – after all your dedication to a wonderful project — you must have given much pleasure to the patients who could enjoy the service — but travel does take its toll – although I have not quite achieved your years of wisdom — I now feel the effects of lengthy journeys – whether it be driving or flying –stress where once you took things in stride – an adventure!! Still like to travel but hate the process of ‘getting there’ most of the time.
    Take care and keep enjoying life.

  5. Salibella

    Hello … I enjoyed very much reading your blogs and looking forward to sharing some of my own … so glad to have found this site – as a newly retired it helps a lot … cheers!

  6. Drummer Post author

    Hello Salibella Thanks for your kind comments about some of my blogs – I assume you have just joined us, and hope you will get a lot of pleasure from the site – New Blogs seem to have been a little slow recently so I must get cracking again myself. but in the meantime Welcome to Chatters and I shall look forward to reading you own blogs in the near future.
    Kind regards Drummer

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