Type A Personality
Type 'A' personalities are not workaholics—they can relax, enjoy family and friends, and will gladly give up working if the financial situation is settled to their satisfaction. Type 'A' personalities suffer from boredom. Downtime means doing something that pleases them, not just sitting around doing nothing. They can't sit in the sun without working on a crossword puzzle, reading a book or interacting with a computer, but they are enjoying themselves and that is the difference between a workaholic and a type 'A' personality.
Type 'A' personalities can be a lot of fun on vacations and weekends, they like to keep active, they are curious about discoveries and look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with family members and friends. They can be exhausting to those who would rather lounge in total silence, but they are not difficult to live with while they are working. Upon retirement, they need to have some great hobbies to occupy their time and mind when they are not interacting with other people.
- Write a book.
- Coach sports.
- Kayaking, bicycling or routinely going to the gym.
- Plan and go on short and long vacations to new places.
Type 'A' personalities often turn retirement into paid jobs while having fun and changing their lifestyle. Many have sold their homes and live exclusively in their RV year-round while exploring the country and writing about it in their blogs. Type 'A' personalities are social and enjoy meeting new people.
- Traveling cross-country in an RV
- Collecting: Stamps, bubble-heads, antiques - basically anything that keeps them busy chasing the items, cataloging them and engaging with others with similar interests.
The basis for hobbies for type 'A' personalities and the average garden variety of retirees is to do things they have an affinity for or have always wanted to learn but never had the time for.
Type 'A' people don't mind not finishing a hobby they started if family members want to do something. Vacations are enjoyed fully and normally have no regrets about not being home doing something else. I say 'normally' because the enemy of type 'A' personalities is being bored. A workaholic has rarely, ever, enjoyed a vacation because his mind is at work and retirement is an endless vacation from which they can't escape.