You step into your empty home after another monotonous day at your 9 to 5 job and all of a sudden, you begin to wonder to yourself: when was the last time I let go and just spent an entire day without following the same, exact routine? Am I ever going to have the chance to seek out quality time for myself?
If this situation sounds eerily familiar to you, then have no fear! Sometimes, the key to having an adventurous life is simply to tweak your daily lifestyle. Don’t worry, you won’t have to get up and move your entire family to the Caribbean (come to think of it, that doesn’t sound THAT bad of an idea). Here are just four tips that will help you transform your lackluster life… for the better:
Step out of your comfort zone.
Okay, I know. It’s easier said than done, but you will eventually have to face your fears head on… that is, if you want to move forward in life. So instead of wallowing in self-pity for something that could have been, take action. Go ask that cute guy that you have had your eyes on if he wants to grab a cup of coffee. Tell your best friend that you will go skydiving with her this week. Don’t worry about falling flat on your face, or embarrassing yourself in front of all of your friends; we all do that at some point in our lives. Worry about not being able to experience an amazing opportunity because you were too busy fearing the consequences. So long as you don’t break the law or risk hurting yourself, then you are good to go!
You can’t gain amazing cultural experiences without first socializing with people from different cultures. Sounds obvious, right? As long as you are open-minded and free to new ideas, you will meet a bunch of individuals from different walks of life who will provide you with a large range of perspectives. Be aware, though, your outlook may change on life radically.
Flex your brain muscles.
And by that, I mean make time for a class. Anything from healthy cooking to vinyasa yoga will work. Don’t limit yourself to a course that you deem “useful” to your career. Chances are, the most interesting hobbies are acquired when you stretch past your boundaries. Have no idea what kind of class you want to take? No worries! Just take a look at the course catalog for your local community college or an online program. You will never know; you very well just may end up learning Pig Latin.
Change up your routine.
We are all creatures of routine. Can you blame us? From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we go to bed at night, we have a certain set of tasks to complete. These tasks may include anything from looking after a pair of middle school teenagers or even taking out the trash for your parents (hey, it’s not like you can just neglect your children or your chores anytime soon). So, next time you find yourself dreading your next morning run, go a different route in the evening. Better yet, find an exercise buddy to come with you as you explore your town on foot! Okay, so maybe you’re not an avid runner. Just gather your family for a random night of board games, movies, and popcorn. Everyone, including yourself, will thank you later.
Just because you have two kids to take care of or homework to finish up every day doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doomed to an eternal state of routine. Sometimes, all it takes to add a little spice to your life is to step foot outside your house for once and take the opportunities that are handed to you.
Best of luck!
Shellin is a new writer who spends much of her free time constantly running, meeting new people, and seeking out new experiences in life.