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Planning Your Time in Retirement: How to Cultivate a Leisure Lifestyle to…

by Robert A. Stebbins

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This book approaches retirement from an academic perspective of classifying various activities under "leisure" categories: devotee leisure, serious leisure, and, project-based leisure. Each category had subcategories, then various activities were classed under subcategories. It was not helpful to me as a pre-retiree. Chapters included what's at stake in retirement, leisure for retirees, amateur activities, hobbies, volunteering, casual and project-based leisure activities, and planning a leisure lifetstyle.

There was discussion about the time and effort needed for some activities (learning a musical instrument or an artistic skill), but it seemed negative as if assuming no one would want to spend time learning to play an instrument, or resurrecting musical skills long dormant. Five retiree lifestyles were identified: homebody, townie, traveler, outback, and, part-time employee (without value judgment), and the possible financial needs of each. Positive simplicity, based on Duane Elgin's Voluntary Simplicity concept, was mentioned to be discussed further in the book, but it was scantily addressed. A few retirement activities were evaluated to be done on a daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonal basis.

If you're looking for a book on planning for retirement, this isn't it. It does have numerous lists of things one could do in retirement, which may be useful to some people. Anyone interested in the simplicity movement won't find much here that is new or in-depth. One glaring omission was hobbies that serve a functional purpose in one's retirement. I call these activities "functional hobbies." Some of these include bicycling as exercise and as transportation; gardening as a hobby and growing one's own food; knitting or sewing as a hobby and making one's own clothes; playing piano for enjoyment and as a method to combat dementia or Alzheimer's; etc. Maybe I should write a book. ( )
  brickhorse | Sep 28, 2015 |
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Much of what is written about getting old has a negative feel to it, which is certainly not entirely unjustified. Health may begin to fail. Finances may become tighter as income dwindles or stops altogether. Family and friends may move away or move on. But the retirement years do not have to be negative or bleak. Within this ┐?┐dark scenario,┐?┐ a positive existence is possible. Planning Your Time in Retirement focuses on the variety of free-time activities available to retirees as related to their physical, social, and economic situation in old age, helping readers find out what their passions are, what the possibilities might be, and how to cultivate their own leisure lifestyle. For some retirees, a post-work existence consisting of fun works well, for they have managed to shape an interesting casual leisure lifestyle based on easygoing activities that make them happy. Seldom included in the popular image of leisure, however, are other types of leisure that are also widely available to retirees. Regardless of means, the retirement years can consist of activities and pastimes that fulfill the interests and pursuits of any retiree. A variety of exciting leisure activities exists, which retirees may pursue within their financial, physical, mental, and geographic limits. This book provides a guide┐?┐the serious leisure perspective┐?┐for exploring these activities and choosing those that fit one┐?┐s tastes, aptitudes, and abilities. At its most appealing, a leisure lifestyle includes a balance of easy-to-do casual interests as well as serious ones that require knowledge, effort, and perseverance. For some, enjoyment and fulfillment may come from engaging in volunteer work, while for others it may involve leisure activities from which they gain some form of payment. By employing the notion of positive simplicity┐?┐simple living in the domain of leisure┐?┐many people at this stage of life can delight in these final years. While time and money cannot be ignored, finding those activities that allow for engagement, reward, and simplicity can result in days, even years, of leisure that is meaningful, enjoyable, healthy, and empowering.… (more)

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