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Author: TerryMcK Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 753876  
Subject: Re: Boredom reaches a new low..... Date: 8/16/2012 2:30 PM
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As is obvious by the numerous & varied responses, the answer wil probably be driven by what's in your DNA. Some folks have a need to be creative, others want the tangible aspect ($$), and others just to just have something to keep them busy.

I can tell you from personal experience, this is what some friends/coworkers have done:

- First, I think just about all of us do some amount of travel. That ranges from a couple of cruises a year on up to one couple I know sold the house, got the 5th wheel and travel, and now stop at National parks and do part time work.

- Woodworking - some are very good at this others spend a bundle justifying new tools that collect dust after a couple of years-

- Painting (of course, requires a bit of skill)

- Golfing; I know some folks who travel just to play golf. I also know others who have gotten golfed-out.

- If you like sports, getting a part-time job at a sports facility.

- Restoration - Cars, boats, furniture, etc. if any of that is up your alley.

- Volunteering, not for everyone, but this has a very wide range of opportunities. Many towns/cities have a volunteer center that can match you up with something you may want to try.

One area that is always in need is mentors for school kids. If you think you have something to offer, this can be done on as little as a couple of hours per week, Believe me, there are a ton of kids out there who are in dire neeed of just having some adult companionship. My wife has mentored young girls (elementary school) a number of times. She enjoys it, I don't think I have the patience.

When I first started volunteering at the hospital I had requested the Physical Therapy area. Turns out, they didn't need help in that area but they did in the gift shop. I said sure and who wudda thunk I would enjoy working with flowers, making pop-corn, and all the rest that goes along with it.

Good Luck
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