Just like volunteering at your child’s school made you part of a community and helped you make friends with other parents, volunteering at your local library, food bank, animal shelter, or civic group will immerse you in a new community that includes neighbors, potential new friends and other empty nesters.
Travel the World
Now that you’re not responsible for getting a kid to school at 8 a.m. five days a week, explore the idea of exploring. Rejoice in the freedom you haven’t had in years and see the world. Drink wine in Italy, ski the Alps, soak in a mineral pool in Iceland. Want to make a difference in the world? Try experiential travel where you experience community service, cultural exchange, language immersion and adventure.
Try Something New
It’s never too late to try something new. There doesn’t have to be an age limit on what you love to do. Sue Monk Kidd became famous for writing The Secret Life of Bees at age 53. Take advantage of your empty nest and get involved in something that you have wanted to do and previously did not have enough time to do. Take a class, find a hobby, play a sport, write your novel, or paint your masterpiece.
Get a Job or Start a Business
If you were a stay at home parent or you’ve only ever had poorly paid part-time jobs while your kids were at home now is your chance for fresh start. Maybe you’re ready to run your own business — the ‘Encore Career’ movement is full of entrepreneurs over 50. Now is the time to discover what passions live within you and pursue them!