What do you do when you are bored?

boredomSo, boredom – what is it? I rarely say that I am bored as there are so many options of what to do. But there are some days that I don’t feel inclined towards any of my options.

Recently I have brought together a small group of people around my age who are no longer working full-time. Last week we talked about what we hoped to do in retirement or semi-retirement and then reflected on what it is REALLY like. Most people expressed at least some of the following concerns:

  • Fear of not keeping up with what is happening in the workplace eg technology
  • Running out of ideas on how to fill the day (after doing the house and garden until it is perfect)
  • Loss of interaction with other people
  • Loss of identity now that we cannot be defined by our jobs
  • Feeling guilty that we should be happier not working
  • How long does the money have to last?
  • Too much time for contemplation
  • Lack of boundaries that we forced on us when we were working

I am aware that there seems to be little support or training to prepare people for retirement. There is always a big emphasis about the financial side but not as much about the social aspects.

There is the good side as well – I haven’t focused on that in this post. I think we would all agree that not having to set the alarm to get up early for work is the number ONE bonus of not working full-time 🙂

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4 thoughts on “What do you do when you are bored?

  1. I haven’t quite got there yet (to the bored stage) as I have only just ‘retired’ and am enjoying catching up on hobbies that were put on hold for forty years and am enjoying my freedom. However, this post gives me much to think about as I am aware these are issues that I now face.

  2. I think it is interesting to see the way different people react to the “opportunity” of retirement. I think financial concerns are often at the forefront of people’s minds, because few of us make sufficient provision for our non-working years. It is also true that most of us are used to have our agenda dictated to us by professional and domestic demands. Take those away, and silence can fill every room in the house and then your imagination. For me, the way out of this impasse in the last word. Stimulate your imagination and you will never be bored or alone. That has been my experience

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