J is for Joining – Preparing for a Badass Retirement #AtoZChallenge

J is for Joining

If there is no one available to share one’s interests (and that new-found free time), retirement could end up being a bit lonely, even for an introvert like me.

I’m already experiencing that to some degree. I have a hard time finding people to accompany me to some of the events I am interested in. Especially live music shows or festivals. Friends my age don’t always share my taste in or passion for live music. Friends that are younger than me don’t necessarily have the free time or cash to spare.

I don’t have a problem attending these events alone if there is a band I just have to see. However, it is much nicer to do this with other people. And wouldn’t you know it – there’s an app for just these types of situations. Meet Meetup.com!

I haven’t joined yet but I have creeped looked on the website for what is going on in my area. There are local meet-ups for hiking, book clubs, art, writing, language and culture, sports, travel…for just about everything.

Anyone can start a Meetup group and start attracting other like-minded individuals to…well…meet up, in real life! Meetup membership is free, and organizers may charge a fee for joining their group or certain events, to cover the cost. The basic plan for an organizer is about 10 bucks, USD per month. So, not outrageous especially if participants kick in a few bucks at each event to keep the group going.

Community centres also offer many diverse activities (also for a fee, albeit usually pretty reasonable) for retirees. There’s one within walking distance to me that also has a pool and fitness centre attached. I look at the quarterly activities guide that is published and see daily events and classes that I would love to attend if only the times offered didn’t conflict with this earning-a-living thing I am still involved with…Ahhh, someday!

Rock on,

The WB

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Joanne Sisco

I’ve never been much of a *joiner*. I’ve always preferred one-on-one activities, but this year I’ve been rethinking this approach and recently joined a senior’s outdoor club. I’m still getting used to the idea of ‘entourage’ activities, but I am meeting new people and doing things I wouldn’t otherwise be doing alone.

So, yes. I agree. There is no reason to be alone if you don’t want to be!! … and if a meetup group that meets your needs doesn’t exist, create one 🙂

Widow Badass

I’m the same Joanne. As the poster says: “Introverts Unite! Separately. In Your Own Homes.” This is me to a tee. But I am trying to stay open to this idea. Last year, my daughter and I hiked the Niagara section of the Bruce as part a group activity and I enjoyed it much more than I ever thought I would. So I’ll probably follow you once again and join a seniors’ outdoor club someday too!

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