Dining Out sizedAn encore enthusiast, I not only relish my encore entrepreneur career, I also embrace the opportunity to define my leisure time,instead of supporting children at their activities.

While I’m not always sure exactly what I want to do, I know I want to:

► Explore new things

► Interact with friends or family in a setting that allows good conversation

► And, create memories

According to a 2013 study conducted by the National Restaurant Association, businesses catering to the 45 plus crowd should take heed of what survey respondents said they wanted in an evening out experience.

  1. Turn up the lights; turn down the music.
  2. Make menus readable with larger, crisp fonts.
  3. Create incentives for solo diners (97 million Americans above the age of 45 are single).

But dining out isn’t the only pastime that appeals to boomers.  According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, baby boomers have adopted lifestyles unlike any previous generation. We enjoy activities ranging from hiking and exercise to quality time listening to our favorite rock ‘n’ roll albums. Literally we are reinventing aging!

In a 2014 Boomer Places blog post, a list of 25 fun things for to do includes:

  1. Take up a new hobby
  2. Learn to play an instrument
  3. Join a sporting team
  4. Take a course at a local community college or trade school
  5. Become a mentor
  6. Host a family from another country
  7. Start blogging
  8. Volunteer from a charitable organization
  9. Start a business or become a silent partner
  10. Teach at a library or community center
  11. Explore your genealogy

But – here was the most radical of all suggestions: Do nothing!

Rather than thinking of nothing as a bad thing, think of nothing as a good thing! Slow down. Curl up on the hammock! Enjoy nature. Be okay with rest and relaxation.

Personally, I love all these suggestions. What about you? How do you choose to spend your leisure time? Let us know in the comment section below, or start a conversation on our EnCorps45 Facebook page.