.I know what it is to be bored. I have a large family, and I love them dearly but they cannot fill the huge void left to me after the death of my beloved husband. My children, and grandchildren mean so much to me and I love having them around, most of the time.
I have always been a stay at home, wife and mother except for doing part time work and being involved with my church activities. My husband and I did most things together. He helped with the cooking, cleaning and shopping. The thing is, now that I have no one coming home in the evening, I don’t have to cook a meal, clean the house or any of the numerous chores that used to occupy my time.
Nearly 2 years have gone by without my husband and I am beginning to look forward. I am 74 years old and fairly healthy. I still live in and take care of my own home and pets.
Here are a few things I do to fight boredom and some things others may find helpful
I attend my church services every week. I teach a women’s Sunday school class that requires a lot of studying. I make good use of the great material on the internet. I also do other ministries in the church.
My granddaughter is a stay at home mother, she, my great granddaughter, and I go to a local park when the weather is nice. We also go shopping and out to lunch.
Here are some things you may want to get involved with, and hopefully you will find that you can enjoy life again.
Find a friend who loves to go to the movies and will volunteer to chauffer a group to an early show and that means you can be out late and won’t have to drive home after dark.
Most areas have senior citizen centers. They often have transportation services, and will pick you up and drive you home. You may want to attend for lunch, and entertainment or you may want to volunteer to help out.
Meals on wheels is another good program to get involved with.
I have a friend that entertains with her line dancing gang of friends; they travel to the nursing homes, children’s hospitals and assisted living homes. The only requirement is: You have to know how to dance and that lets me out.
If you enjoy playing cards, bunco or other types of group get together; organize it. You need 8 people to play most card games and 12 for bunco.
You can spend many, many hours researching your family genealogy.
I have just started writing for Yahoo and a Google site. You can write and self publish your own book via the internet. I did.
Reading can add much to your daily life
There is a place I love and I plan on doing volunteer work there when I am emotionally ready. The Veterans Home for Alzheimer’s patients. My beloved husband was a patient there and they were wonderful to him and to his family as they are to all the veterans there. The veterans love it when they have company, just someone to sit and talk with.
Always make time for your loved ones and friends, they are the ones you can count on to help you and let you know that you are an important part of their life and that you are loved