There is no point in denying the fact that you are approaching middle age. You can either go with it and live a happy life, or rage against it and be miserable. Yes, you are heading closer to your death and will discover whether there is an afterlife sooner than you would care to, but you have also achieved things in life. Your mortgage might be paid off, and your children have grown up and gone Party time! By that, I mean a nice cup of tea and a gentle stroll. You know how it is.
You should now be looking for ways to fill your spare time and help with your fitness. You can afford a few hobbies now. Here are a few ideas that will keep you active and interested in life. I hope you find something you would like to take up for yourself.
Every country in the world has breathtaking scenery, except for The Netherlands, but their windmills are second to none. We should all take time to get out in the country and appreciate what nature has given us for free. You only need some high quality hiking boots, some suitable clothing, and a rucksack to go hiking. The hike can be as short or as long as you like. Even if it does not become your main hobby, everyone should hike.
There is more to golf than smashing your balls with an iron club. You will enter a new social scene when you take up golfing, and you can make lifelong friends. The slow stroll around the course may be leisurely, but eighteen holes give you plenty of exercise. It is a sport you can practice at home with some real feel golf mats. Practice your swing in the garage or back garden so that you don’t look silly when you are in public. Golf is more popular than ever now. Get a piece of the action for yourself.
If you are looking for a more gentle pursuit, models may be the answer. You can make your own stunning creations from matchsticks or buy a kit. You can even fit a jet engine into a model aeroplane and fly it nowadays. As a youngster you probably enjoyed making the models, but now you can take on bigger and better projects. Release the boy from within and take up the hobby once more; it is good mental exercise.
Sailing can be as calm or as energetic as you would like to make it. When you have learned how to pilot a small craft, you can take it on a placid lake or battle against the waves at sea. Of course, there are limits to what one man can achieve in a sailing dinghy because of safety. It is a demanding activity that will give you a good workout.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to dive headlong into a new hobby or are you going to spend your spare time in front of the television? Come on, we only live once as far as we know, so get off your sofa and make the most of it. What have you got to lose?
Photograph by Steve Jurvetson