Trying new things isn't just about finding ways to fill the time. You've probably told younger members of your family or a friend they should take up a hobby, yet, we seldom follow our own advice, do we? Here's a reminder what you're missing out on:
Activities keep you agile
If you've not had any major joint issues but you hobble to the kettle between adverts, then maybe you'd benefit from a little more exercise. You don't necessarily need to join a running club, but simply going to and from the place of your new favourite pastime will keep you agile and increase your stamina. You'll be leaping to the kettle and back in no time.
You'll make new friends
If you join a new club, inevitably you'll meet new people and form friendships; you will all have something in common to start with, so it'll be easy once you've all been introduced. Remember, any doubts you have are all based on fear; fear of being disliked, being rubbish, being an old grump, etc. It takes all kinds of people to make a world and you're one of us. Don't let fear hold you back.
Increases your brain activity
Not long ago it was a common belief that after a certain age the brain loses its ability to learn new things. Our brain cells start to die off. However, in recent years, research carried out by all major institutions who study cognitive behaviour acknowledge our brains do have the capacity to learn well into old age. But like any muscle, your brain needs flexing. Any activity which involves learning something new is guaranteed to increase your brain function.
Pass on your valuable experience to others
If trying something new really does send you into a rabbit caught in the headlights state, then how about doing something you used to do, before your life of servitude and responsibility took over? Doing something familiar is less daunting and you'll probably slot right back into it. More so, you'll be in a great position to help anybody who's new to the subject. You might even end up helping run the class.