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Fighting Retirement Boredom in the Philippines

sunset - retirement boredom Retirement boredom isn’t an issue with everyone and I think a person’s age at retirement has a lot to do with it. Some people retire too early. Too early for them, which isn’t necessarily too early for other people.

Regardless of the reason, some people come out of retirement to avoid the boredom they’ve already been in contact with. I retired at an early age, the result of a difficult decision. It was probably too early for me but I had more reasons to retire than I had to keep working.

Retirement Boredom doesn’t have to be an Issue

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.

Having a Hobby is the Key

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 Enjoy Retirement Boredom (Somewhat)

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 (before retirement) 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.

With that job, 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.

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By RT Cunningham
September 21, 2015

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