Theater – Whether joining the actors under the spotlight, helping out backstage with the scenery, taking tickets, or working at the concession stand, becoming involved in the performing arts can be a whole lot of fun.
Gardening – Even if you have never thought of yourself as having a “green thumb,” there’s something very rewarding about planting a garden and watching it come to life. Fortunately, there are all types of gardening tools available to help those of us with achy joints enjoy the experience.
One of the greatest benefits of getting older is feeling more comfortable in your own skin, less self-conscious about your image and not quite so concerned about making a mistake here and there. Most of us spend a whole lot less time worrying about what other people may think of us than we did when we were younger.
The seasoned years can be a perfect time to tackle some of the activities you may have wanted to try out in your earlier years, but never did because you felt unsure or didn't have the time. Now that you're older you probably find yourself with fewer obligations and more time to fill.
There are plenty of new things out there to try that may enrich your life and fill you with feelings of triumph and accomplishment. Growing older does not have to be a barrier to realizing an overlooked or abandoned passion or to discovering a new one. Our seasoned years can be all about making the most of life and trying something new here and there along the way.
Here are just a few things that might interest you:
Physical fitness – There are exercise classes and walking/running clubs tailored to different ages and levels of ability. While some of us may still be able to participate in a marathon, others might find an armchair yoga class offers enough of a challenge. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, just look for something that is right for you. And always seek your doctor's advice about what is appropriate for your physical abilities and health.
Fishing – Fishing is a pastime like no other. It blends relaxation with excitement. Nothing is as relaxing as sitting by the water’s edge with your fishing pole while enjoying the beauty of nature, and nothing quite matches the anticipation and thrill of catching a fish. Of course, whether or not you “catch and release” or serve up fish and chips for dinner is up to you.
Dance – Ballroom dancing is very popular these days with people of all ages. Take a class. You may find yourself entering an amateur competition before long.
Art – How about painting, sculpting or photography? If you’re a creative type, now is the time to let your inner artist out. Take a class or just experiment on your own.