This is the eighth part of a series called 100 ideas to break out the routine and add more adventure to your life. Every week (for a total of 10 weeks) I am going to give you 10 ideas. I have two criteria for the ideas to make the list: they have to be easy and they have to be cheap. You can let me know what you think in the comments section. Also, feel free to share your own ideas.
This series started because I believe that you do not have to depart your country, not even your city, to have a great adventure. And, why is that? Because novel things are adventurous per nature and we can find novel things to do in our own backyard. Therefore, I want to give different ideas to those who are truly interested in working towards accomplishing different things.
71. Cook with a new vegetables
Chances are your diet does not contain a wide variety of vegetables. If there are any, they probably are the “standard” ones (tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, onions). Doctors recommend eating colorful vegetables in large quantities. What about trying simple dishes like green bean casserole or eggplant parmigana? Or, find a new vegetable to try and create a dish from it. The other day I bought snow peas and looked for ideas on the Internet on how to prepare them. I ended up with a succulent plate of Asian style beef with snow peas. You just have to browse the veggies section on the supermarket and think about the possibilities.
72. Enter a contest
What about a little challenge to bring some emotion to your life? Contests can give you a push to be better at something you are already good. Think about photography, painting or writing contests. Or get more adventurous by entering a food or cooking contest. You may get surprised at the results.
73. Plant a tree
When I was a kid, I remember how my siblings and I planted a lemon tree. In a few years, the tree grew wider than taller. Its branches were so full of lemons that we had to give some to our neighbors. Seeing or remembering that tree gives me a cozy feeling. Is that weird sensation of contributing to the life of a being. You can get the feeling too by deciding to plant a fruit or ornamental tree. Or volunteer for reforestation efforts. I am sure you are going to learn a thing or two.
74. Teach one of your skills
Think about it. People will pay big bucks to learn one of the skills you are an expert on. I mean you can charge money to pass on what you got but the idea in here is to help somebody as an act of kindness, fun and gratitude. I have volunteered to help elementary school kids with their math skills. It feels amazing to see how your “students” progress every day. There are no limits here. You can teach something to a coworker, help the technology challenged or share instructions on how to prepare a delectable dessert.
75. Contact somebody who holds a job or position you are interested in
Before deciding to move to a new position, job or career, it may be a good idea to talk to somebody who can give you a better idea of what you are going to get into. One of two things can happen after talking to that person, you cannot wait to jump into the unknown or you can start to reconsider your initial decisions. Sometimes we want to take decisions based on preconception not facts. Seeing reality thru somebody else can help us to decide what we really want to do. You may even get some pointers on how to proceed or some contacts to continue your research.
76. People watch
I don’t know how to say this but…. people can be really interesting. Nowadays, we miss so much from the actual world because we tend to be connected to our technological devices. Take some time to visit a café, park, fair, cool neighborhood or artist’s area. Sit still for a few minutes and let the world go by. I am sure you are going to laugh more than once and get some stories to share.
77. Compile your favorite quotes
There are so many quotes that resonate inside me. I tend to save them on a file and read them when I need a burst of energy. Since these days we have Pinterest, I have boards full of quotes I love. I encourage you to do the same.
78. Ride a horse (or take a horse riding classes)
Horses haven’t been my best friends since one of them threw me to the ground a few years ago. However, I am discovering they are the best way to navigate backcountry trails or wild spaces. Classes around where I live are affordable (with discounts thru Groupon and Living Social). I have been thinking of having a class to lose the fear. Are good you at riding horses? It would be splendid to ride a horse with style.
79. Listen to different music
Here I am again trying to get you out of your comfort zone. We tend to stick to what we know and like. That can prevent us to discover more things we enjoy. Music has the power to awaken certain emotions. If we only listen to the same genre, well, it would be difficult to discover other states where music can take us. Try international rhythms like tango, samba or fado. Or, listen to music in other languages and focus on the tone, voice and cadence.
80. Visit a small town close to home
Enchanting small towns are everywhere waiting for visitors with open arms. Some are famous for its culinary contributions, natural surroundings or friendly locals. Plan a short getaway to recharge your batteries. Don’t hold me responsible if you suddenly have a desire to leave the big city to establish yourself on that quaint town.
Do you have some ideas? Let me know in the comments section below.