It’s easy to get caught up in the hum-drum of life. Mondays blend into Fridays until we’re gifted two days to unwind and spend time on ventures we love. But sometimes, we must remember to hurl ourselves out of our comfort zones.
If you’re brainstorming life-changing experiences to try, read on. Here are 10 experiences that will leave a lasting impression on your life.
1. Starting Over
Humans hate failure and even though the internet promises that turning a new leaf is the best thing to do, it’s also the most difficult. Whether it’s a new career, city, or a relationship, paving a new way for yourself will have a profound effect on your attitude and life.
2. Conquering a Fear
Overcoming things that give you that squiggly feeling at the bottom of your stomach can be a life-changing experience. Some of us are petrified at heights. Others are terrified of spiders. And too often fear can stop us from living life to its potential.
Make a plan to face your fear. The worse thing that can happen is that you understand why the fear was a good idea. And the great news is that once you’ve tried to overcome your fear, you won’t have to do it again.
3. Backpacking with Friends
In our society, we take pride in having the latest iPhone or the freshest clothes even though they don’t enhance our quality of life. If you have the freedom, pack the bare essentials into your backpack and travel.
Seeing the world not only gives you an amazing life, but it builds maturity, teaches you to adapt to new situations and helps you let go of fear. These are life lessons that you can’t learn at college.
4. Chase Your Passion
Photographer. Novelist. Fashion designer.
We all dream of landing careers even if they aren’t deemed ‘practical’. But life is short and we must chase whatever gives our lives meaning. Our day jobs don’t always define us so even if you’re nervous about dropping everything, carve time to work on a side-hustle to inch you closer to your dream.
Many apps like Uber let you share rides which is a great way to connect with someone. You can exchange stories about the city or discover that you share the same hobbies. Why not brainstorm fun questions to get to know someone and practice with fellow passengers? It’s a win-win.
6. Go Solo-Traveling
Traveling alone sounds intimidating but you’ll be rewarded with many new experiences. Not only do you have complete freedom, but you’ll also make more friends than if you had a travel buddy. Travelers are also more inclined to strike up conversations with solo travelers than if you were in a group.
This means you’ll build confidence around others which is useful if you’re shy. Almost anywhere you go, there’ll be a handful of other solo travelers so you’re in an environment where everyone will be more receptive to any conversations you start.
7. Learn to Rock Climb
Rock climbing has many health benefits as it works for all the major muscle groups and enhances your flexibility. Not only this but climbing improves your decision making, spatial awareness, and motor skills.
It’s also a great way to meet likeminded people whether you’re practicing on the indoor wall or heading to great outdoors to put your skills to the test. But, if there are any issues, acquaint yourself with one of the best personal injury attorneys in the country.
8. Mentor or Volunteer
Ever wondered “how to share my life and everything I’ve learned?” Then perhaps mentoring is for you.
Getting caught up on our self-improvement is natural but we should also dedicate that same energy for others. Improving someone else’s life grounds you and removes you from the comfort of your normal social bubble.
If you don’t have time to head to another city, you can mentor online and empower mentees to take control of their learning and goals.
9. Read One Book a Week
It’s a known fact that CEOs and executives read 4 to 5 books per month. These are the leaders and game-changers of our society who are swamped yet still carve out time to pursue more knowledge.
So what’s stopping us? Instead of sleeping on a stranger’s shoulder during your commute, stick your head in a book. It’s a great way to slowly awaken your mind and potentially improve your skillset.
10. Learn a Second Language
There are so many advantages of learning a new language from discovering new cultures, meeting new friends, to boosting your CV. You don't even have to pay for classes due to the rise of interactive learning apps like Duolingo. Commit to spending an hour of your day and play these language-based games, and you'll be speaking Italian in no time. Perfecto!
Which of these Life-Changing Experiences Will You Choose?
Luckily, there are an array of life-changing experiences to choose from. Whether it's small like picking up a book to backpacking for three months, there are many ways to broaden your mind and help you grow as a person. The main goal is to break out of your comfort zone so you can develop your skills and overcome your fears. Good luck!
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