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If you retired tomorrow (or in some other way no longer had to work a job anymore), how would you spend the free time you suddenly had? Would it be new hobbies, volunteering, visiting family/friends? To what age do you think you'll have to work before you can retire?

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  • This depends on how much money I have, whilst retired. I would love to just be able to travel around, visiting friends and partners, going to festivals (like the New Orleans Jazz Festival, for example, or the Carnival of Venice), going to different conventions around the world. I would also like to go back to university, and learn more things. Perhaps something like culinary history, or philosophy of science, or something even more niche. I just like to learn! And I would also learn and practice the (already too numerous) hobbies I have, perhaps whilst picking up a few more! And perhaps finally read the books on my list quicker than I keep adding to it.... Basically, not needing to work anymore isn't quite enough - if that's all I wanted to do, there are ways to manage that. I would want the autonomy to go and do the things I want, the physical health necessary for those endeavours, the time to be able to dedicate to them, and the money to be able to pay for them (and to survive in the meantime). Considering what I'm currently doing, I just can't see how I'm even going to get to a point where I can afford to retire, even though the job I do tends to be a young person's job.
  • I would probably spend a few weeks chilling until the restless urge kicked in. I would no doubt spend more time indulging my passion for live Jazz and go to more gigs and festivals and spend more time writing, in fact I would probably set myself up as a freelance writer for various publications. Well it'down either be that or I'd end up filling my time living a very real life version of Last of the Summer Wine, though I don't think there would be much chance of sliding down the Wrekin in a Tin Bath as they are scarce these days. I don't think I would like to stop, I have witnessed far too many go to seed after they retire.
  • I'd write, so pretty much what I do now.
  • I don't work now because of inability to acquire a new job. I am limited in what I can do, however, because I don't have any money. It's very stressful and effects my ability to enjoy the free time. Things that I would like to continue doing are: gardening/ lawn work, reading, exercising, watching movies, playing games, doing puzzles... If I had enough money, I would like to add travel, joining the YMCA (so I could swim and use the sauna), book shopping, watching and maybe participating in theatre productions, spending time in nature, visiting museums and parks, seeing friends, volunteering...I could think of plenty of things to do, if I weren't stressed out about affording basic necessities.
  • Oh. My. God. So many things would change. Let's face it, I would spend the first three months sleeping in and playing video games. Because why the fuck not? Then I would finally have the time and spoons to take care of the meatsuit properly - physio, proper exercise, learning how to cook meals that don't make me sick. I could take brain meds when I need them instead of having to worry about how to fit the side effects around having to hold down a job. I would be able to spend more time with my family. (Who I love dearly but who sometimes take more energy than I have when I have to deal with All The Things on weekends.) I could really be there for my mother, who has more than her own fair share of health issues. I could finish all the house projects. Take classes. Write. Learn how to code. Make art. Visit friends. Plant a garden. Learn to sew. Build things. Fix up my bike. Research my family tree. Learn to weld. Explore all the local places I mean to go back to and never do. Get involved in local politics. Volunteer. If money isn't an issue, I would travel. A lot. Unfortunately I don't think I'll actually get to do any of those things. Because of the current policy of giving all the money to billionaires, I doubt I will ever have the money to retire. It's a nice fantasy, though. (Also the people I work with who say they would be bored if they retired? What the fuck is with that?)
  • I have my ideas and plans but God has a way of changing ALL of it around so it'd all be a big, exciting mystery. Like, a being led from the heart mystery. Learning to say I just don't know. ha!
  • I will spend my free time by travelling in other countries like Japan, Denmark, London and South Korea alone, with my family or with my friends. And I want to retire by the age of 70. ^__^/
  • I am kind of in that position right now, so I can relate to this one on a couple of levels. I've tried to pursue ALOT of things. I tried guitar playing, martial arts, and card making. (cards you buy in a store) Well, I'm already retired, kind of forced, so it happens when it happens.
  • When I retire someday, I will invest my time reading books, and studying them. I will read books that really interest me like Prose Edda, and The Quran. If I can choose, I will work till I'm 30, but since I cannot do that (because I will be in debt before I turn a senior), I will probably retire before my senior, age 59.
  • I did retire a year ago. I've taken up old hobbies that I ran out of time to enjoy over the years. I've started new hobbies. I have lots of time to cook great meals for myself and others. I've read more books in the last year than I had time to read in the last ten years. And I'm going back to university this spring. Because I'm 65, I won't have to pay any fees, just buy my books and supplies. I don't have much money, but it's enough to survive on, and that's all I need to be happy.
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