Janet’s retirement story (how to expand your social life without being an outgoing extrovert)

If you’d like to enjoy a diverse and active retirement, give something back to your country and expand your friendship circle, retired school teacher Janet has a helpful suggestion...

09 May 2018

If you’d like to enjoy a diverse and active retirement, give something back to your country and expand your friendship circle, retired school teacher Janet has a helpful suggestion for you.

Janet’s suggestion came from one of her close friends. And is a suggestion that can help you to expand your social life without having to be an outgoing extrovert.

What’s Janet’s suggestion?

Janet explains: “A friend suggested dividing retirement activities up in three ways during the week as follows:

  1. Do something physical (e.g. golf, bushwalking, swimming, etc.)
  2. Do something cultural (e.g. learn a language, join a reading group)
  3. Do something charitable (e.g. do accounts payable for charity group, be a guide at a national institution, help a student, do a Land Care project).

 

“And by dividing your retirement activities up each week like this into three groups you’ll end up with three different groups of friends and three different groups of activities.

“That will automatically expand your social life without too much effort or stress. I use this approach and so have a number of my friends. It works well.”

More about Janet…

Janet lives in Canberra, having been retired from school teaching for almost 10 years now. And one of her favourite retirement activities is bushwalking. She plans to lead a third walking trip to the Flinders Ranges, an area she knows quite well having lived in South Australia previously.

Janet told us: “My husband and I greatly enjoy travelling around Australia to walk in and about many national parks, plus travelling overseas to walk in national parks in the United States and the Patagonia region.”

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