Sports Fanatic in Retirement

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Anonymous would like your opinion. “I would like to know what our group would do if they had a husband who watched sports every weekend all day long (he also watches throughout the week)…

Every weekend I’m left on my own to do my own thing. I try to stay busy with hobbies, running errands, etc. but run out of ideas and money.

My husband is happy to waste away in front of the TV and usually rejects any ideas I come up with to do together. If this is what my retirement looks like with this guy, there’s no point in being together. Not to say we don’t do stuff together but it’s few and far between. We’ve had a talk about it but he’s still the same. Not sure what to do…??”

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8 thoughts on “Sports Fanatic in Retirement”

  1. The night I met my husband, he warned me that he is a baseball fan. That was fine, because I am also. He now enjoys football which can be a multi day a week thing during the season. Thank God for DVR. We record any game that may conflict with our schedule and either watch it when we get home or the next day. Its a little hard to avoid hearing or reading the score beforehand but its worth it.

  2. If you are both retired reframe the weekend. Give him his sports on Saturday and Sunday and have your weekend together on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Less lines, less crowds, more economical options as well. Theater tickets are always cheaper during the week. Having been in service industry most of my life my weekends have always been during the week. Also don’t shy away from visiting friends and family solo on Saturday or Sunday and just be honest about why you are solo. Your life, your rules! What do You want to do????

  3. Retirement is definitely a transition. I was surprised at how hard it was and is. It has been several years and we are still working on this retirement/golden years 😂 thing.
    The one thing I do know is that I cannot change anyone but myself, however that looks… but I love him 😍

  4. I am married to the best guy ever. He also loves to watch sports on the weekend but it really is not a problem for me. We are both retired and would rather go out during the week when it is less busy, and cocoon on the weekend. When he is watching something I don’t enjoy, I paint or sew, decorate cookies or read. What helped us is that we set Saturday evening aside as our time to order in dinner, watch a movie together. I imagine it can be difficult if you each have different ideas of what your retirement should be, but if your marriage is good, you will find ways to compromise, find ways to each enjoy time on your own and special times set aside just for you. Some of my friends who did not work outside the home have found similar difficulties as their husbands want to stay home more once they retire while they have pictured a different life. Most of them have worked their way through it and are now jointly enjoying retirement.

  5. Did he just become a sports fanatic after retirement? If not its probably something else bothering you. Did you think his retirement would be a different life style for the two of you? It sounds like there is something other than the sports watching that is bothering you.

  6. I’m single I was married he liked sports I learned to like football & I like to watch golf. Now I still watch sports & I keep my granddaughter through the week in the evening’ s it wasn’t the sports that broke us up it was the cheating. Be glad you have a good sports watching husband.

  7. Do you love him? Are you still in love with him? If the answer is yes then you stay. Do your thing, live your life, work through your bucket list one item at a time, volunteer. So many things to do. I am in my 50’s and peace and solitude are of utmost importance in my life now. I would have no problem finding things to do. Hope it all works out for you.

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