Retiring anywhere is a big lifestyle change. Retiring in the Philippines is even more so for anyone other than a Filipino. Retirement boredom can become an issue if a person can’t find enough to do.
There’s a lot of things to do in the Philippines, if you like to travel. I don’t. I’d rather sit at home and vegetate than drive a car (or ride in one) from place to place. I don’t get around much but I rarely get bored enough to look for something else to do. There’s a lot of things to do nearby as well, but I’m not young enough to do most of them. The things I can do, well, I really can’t do them alone.
I have a lot of relatives living in the compound that Josie (my wife) and I own. There are way more children than there are adults and they tend to keep me occupied in one way or another. Sometimes too occupied.
It doesn’t matter what the hobby, a retiree needs something to do to occupy the time. I write from experience, of course. And speaking of writing…
I really think I need a new hobby. What I’m doing now, writing, has been my hobby for more than nine years. At first, I treated it like a regular job. I couldn’t do that anymore after Google screwed with the search algorithms more times than I can remember and after Facebook started getting popular. After that, I didn’t have any other choice than to treat it as a hobby. This “hobby” isn’t as rewarding as it used to be. It no longer has a positive effect on retirement boredom.
The question is, out of all the hobbies a person can think of, which one is right for me? Can I replace my writing “hobby” with something more productive and enjoyable? I certainly hope so.
I really do. Every time I think about coming out of retirement in any way, I think about the stress I was dealing with when I called it quits. I worked more of my 45 years (I’ll be 55 in November) than not. A lot more.
I started out as a paperboy when I was 11. I worked as a part-time janitor when I was 15. I joined the military when I was 17. I retired from the military when I was 37. I worked at three jobs after that, with the last one putting the most stress on me.
I had to deal with death every day of the week, even more than anyone would expect. I had to work with police, fire departments, the EPA, insurance companies, family members and people I don’t care to remember in multiple regions of the United States. The job paid well but I was slowly going insane.
No, I prefer retirement boredom to all of that. If I don’t have enough to do, I can always retreat into entertainment (movies, television and music). The one thing I’ll never do is take up drinking as a daily hobby. I’ve already seen one person kill himself doing that.