Before you create your personal adventure list- Let’s define adventure.
There are as many definitions of adventure as there are types of adventures to be experienced.
Adventure is getting out and being bold. It’s trying new foods or new activities to say you’ve done it. It’s anything that pushes your routine and comfort zone…but most of all it’s fun and thrilling.
For our purposes, adventures for Baby Boomers and retirement generally means something outside your day to day routine, Not necessarily risky but risky in that it pushes your experience level and maybe your comfort zone but is still something you’d like to try.
Adventures can be broken down into all types of new activities:
Glass fusing, art
Exploring all National parks
Visiting Natural wonders of the world
Deep sea Diving
Gardening, painting, ceramics, wood working, etc.
In summary, an adventure may include learning or trying something new to you. Something that you are curious about and excited to experience.
You’re much more likely to make your wishes come true if you write down exactly what it is you want. This list is limitless. If there are limitations, they are individual to your own restrictions. Maybe these are physical restrictions, maybe financial, maybe health restrictions but for the most part…it’s all wide open
What are other options besides work? Explore Volunteerism!
Find a volunteer gig – not something to fill time, but something that really fulfills you.
Volunteerism is an area that is wide open. Places where you can make a difference both for those you are helping and for helping yourself. Visit this link offered by the Corporation of National and Community Services. Whatever your passions are, whatever touches your heart, there are many places that welcome volunteers.
How can you help?
Think about our own life span so far and you will be able to picture the life spans of those who may need some type of help. For example:
There are babies to be rocked, and toddlers to be watched.
Children need tutoring and teens need mentoring.
College kids need a surrogate ‘family-like’ place to regroup.
Nurseries need helpers and senior centers need caregivers.
Blood banks need donors
Missions need teachers.
Libraries need storytellers
Hospitals need folks ready with a quick smile and a reassuring hand.
Election headquarters need campaigners.
School field trips need chaperones.
Warm meals need delivered.
Those disabled need transportation.
Lonely folks need company.
The list, like the “beat of the Sixties” that we Boomers are so familiar with, just goes on.
Most of these volunteer opportunities don’t require special skills. They require the precious gift that you now have, time. Time is the same commodity that is in short supply when you’re working 40 hours a week.
Research shows there is as much benefit to you from volunteering as there is for those you are helping.
In retirement, I said yes to a senior tap dance group from the senior center. Only sixty at the time and retired, I wanted to try something new.
Most of my Marketing Director career was spent meeting deadlines, arguing budgets, competing for new business, presenting my point of view and generally keeping my closet ‘Rockette’ under wraps.
While retired from my real job, but having flex time working as a consultant in my previous field, I found I had time to strap on an old pair of tap shoes and revamp my childhood “shuffle ball change.”
Pam’s October 3rd post “The Healthy Aging Way to ease into Exercise” and her September 30th post, “Move it or Lose it” mentioned “Dixie was a gymnast.” That’s true but certainly not by today’s standards.
In 1961 at Clairemont High School we had a gymnastic team that competed with other high school girls and boys around the area. None of our schools had ‘uneven parallel bars’ at the time but we had mats, a balance beam, and a “horse/vault. It was fun and competitive and great exercise. Kudos to Southern California for encouraging sports for both genders ahead of the rest of the nation.
As you can see by these ribbons, I didn’t set any world records (but this was before everyone who showed up got a ribbon.)
Exercising early in life influences exercise as adults.
Anyway, that started me thinking about my childhood exercise activities leading up to High School. My parents were physically active. Dad played football in high school and mom was a “tumbler” and earned a letter “T” to show for it. They remained ‘active’ throughout their lives.
My early school years were in Southern Indiana, followed by a year stint in Seattle, Washington. From there, in 1956, we moved to the Denver, Colorado area for my middle school years. Then we moved to San Diego in 1959 for high school. All of these locations found us trying some sport or exercise relevant to the area. Continue reading Healthy Aging equals Exercise Wake up Call!