Enjoying new hobbies “I’ve taken up a new hobby—painting—to which I’ve dedicated a large room in my house and where I spend many happy hours alone and with friends. I haven’t yet become a great artist, but I’m certainly not a starving one.”
Helping immigrants through language “The most wonderful part of my retirement has been joining an English tutoring program through my local library. I’ve been assigned a family of 11 recent immigrants from Vietnam who need English instruction, as well as help negotiating all the tasks setting up a new life entails. There are four children ages 5-11 with whom I’ve become especially close. Last week they came over for a treasure hunt in my yard, which was a riot.”
Traveling “So far this year I’ve traveled to Lesotho, Florida, Maine, Colorado and New York City. I’m planning a very special birthday trip to Paris in the fall. I’ve also had guests from all over the world. I have a clearer idea than ever of what assets I have, where they are and what they’re for. I have a realistic budget that allows me to live a big, happy life in the present, while knowing I have a secure future.”
Connected to her community I’ve joined a local church and made many friends there. It’s so nice to have time to participate in weekday activities and to nurture the friendships I make there. Because I had a long commute to work, I feel much more connected to my local community since retirement.
Volunteering in Africa "I did the Peace Corps in Chad in the Seventies and have since helped with a lot of projects in Africa because I traveled a lot to Africa [with my husband, who was a doctor]. I’ve always felt blessed and fortunate in my life, and that I should look around and see how I can share what I have with people who I know need it."