You never thought the day would come. Even on the very first day of your very first job, you couldn’t help but look to the future. While your new boss led you around the office to shake hands with a thousand colleagues whose names you would quickly forget, simple arithmetic danced around your frontal lobe as you calculated just how many years, weeks, days, and minutes you were from retirement. (Somewhere in the region of 87,360 hours, assuming you work for roughly 42 years, give or take a few weeks’ holidays along the way…) A sobering number indeed, you wished you hadn’t worked it out so soon, but that’s life, baby.
Flash forward a good four decades, and with plenty of promotions, hundreds of staff parties, trials and tribulations under your belt, you’re ready to wave goodbye to the rat race and get your Zen on. Gravity’s taken its toll, and you like the way it’s going. Yep, retirement really IS all it’s cracked up to be, but, if you find yourself feeling a little apprehensive as you embark on your new journey, that’s normal, and very much expected too. You’re your own boss now, and as great as that is, you never were that great at time management. And with all this free time stretching out in front of you, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed wondering how best to embrace that sweet eternal freedom.
Fortunately for you, the old information superhighway is now more accessible than ever, with a whole host of entertaining videos, podcasts, blogs, films, and books at your fingertips, and 24/7 (mostly) free admission. But you know this, you were part of the working world for over 87 thousand hours with internet connection for at least 49,000 of those! How and ever, should you need some inspiration, food for thought, or just straight up suggestions for things to do on those darker, drearier days, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve complied just a few entertaining, enlightening and downright exciting services for you to peruse at your leisure, should you wish!
Ok, you’ve been around the block, you know how things work. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have an ounce of curiosity left in you! How many times in your life have you thought “I’d like to know more about….”, “I wish I knew how to….”, or “I could do a better job of that myself…” Well, now’s your time to shine! Whether you’d like to try your hand at poetry, take a crack at a novel, slap a paintbrush around a canvas, or even learn a new language, nowadays, the opportunities to explore, and sign up for courses online are, quite literally, endless! From the Open University, to DuoLingo and Udemy, there are thousands of options for you to investigate, and many routes available for you to expand your horizons – all you have to do is pop your query into the search bar, and you’re away in a hack!
At Home Library?
The dream! Walls lined with books from the classics to the current, a reading nook for you to collapse into at the end of a long day, genres for every mood, containing quotes for every thought… While we can’t build you your own PERSONAL library, a membership card to your local book lender can open an online portal to content, reference, and digital repositories that will have you hooked for hours, days, weeks, months! Travel back in time, explore your heritage, and do it all with the click of a button! Most library archives require a membership code for online entry, but luckily access is totally FREE once you’re signed up with your local library. Just fill out a form with your local librarian to receive your card, and off you go!
Books, but for your ears!
You might first need to ensure your hearing is in fine fettle before you sign up for this one!
There’s nothing like a good book, right? Delving into a new world, meeting characters who quickly become companions, exploring unfamiliar terrain through the eyes of your favourite wordsmiths – there’s nothing quite like the feeling of sinking your teeth into a brand new book. Think about all the times you’ve rushed home to get back to that chapter you left behind the night before, or had to tear yourself away from it to go and face reality for the day. Well, with the help of incredible online services such as Audible and itunes, you’ll never have to go too far without your fix. While it might take some getting used to at first, for many people audio books have become true companions. Plugging in on a long walk, journey, or drive can add a touch of comfort on otherwise isolating journeys. And with more and more titles being added to online collections every day, not only will you discover some classics in your midst, but you’ll also be spoiled for choice across a wide range of genres! A sure way to revolutionise your literary consumption, once you turn to audio books, you’ll never look back. But for maximum enjoyment, just do us (and yourself) a favour and check the old ears out first…
So, what are you waiting for? With the world at your fingertips, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want – you’re living the dream, finally. Enjoy it, sure don’t you deserve it?