When you leave the labour market, you get the freedom to do all the things you have been looking forward to. You can take up old interests or find new ones. Pursuing your interests together with others is a good way to keep busy.
Network for everyone
If you reach out, you can find networks for just about anything. Sports, needlework, history, choir, archaeology, railway lines, winter swimming, painting, museums, travelling and gymnastics are but a few examples of interests that people take up when they get the time. Most likely, you have your own interests, and now you have the time to start pursuing them.
If you do not have any interests that you are enthusiastic about, but would like to make a difference for others, you might consider volunteering. Many associations and organisations need more hands, and it is up to you how much you want to commit. You could help out in the local sports club, lend a hand to the senior centre or volunteer at the Red Cross and sell second-hand clothes in one of their many stores.
There are many ways to find communities, and below you can find some good ideas for how to start your own network or join an existing one.