This is the ninth 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.
81. Go to a high point
My favorite part of being on an airplane (and I don’t like airplanes in general) is being able to contemplate the ground from the heights. It is simply majestic. A view that we don’t get every day. But there is no need to board a plane every time we want to observe the city or the country from a high point. Go to a lookout in your city. Take a look from the highest building. Climb a mountain. Paraglide, hand glide or ride a hot air balloon, if you dare. I bet the view will give you a new perspective of an otherwise known place.
82. Organize a volunteer program
Get this into your head. You have more power than you think. You may not be able to collect a million dollars or provide for 500 families but your best effort can make the difference in someone’s life. Enlist your coworkers, family or friends to do something for someone in need or for your community. It is not all about money. People build houses, tutor children, clean beaches, ensure parks security, etc. There are many things that can be done for those around you.
83. Try to learn something every day
Those who read (myself included) are always discovering and learning new things. Make an effort to read the newspaper, a magazine or an educational website every day. If you are not so inclined to reading, try to come up with questions about what you see or hear and search for an answer once you get home. Look up words, names or places you hear about.
84. Pay attention to funny signs
I love to pay attention to my surroundings. Once in a while, I find interesting and funny signs around. I even like to take pictures of those and save them on a special digital folder. Well, you don’t have to go to those extremes but an advertising message, menu typo or silly sign can make you smile.
85. Don’t wait to do something in proper setting or time
It looks like some things go together with certain places or times of the year. We eat turkey and pumpkin pie during the Thanksgiving weekend. We make s’mores around a fire when camping. Summer seems like the perfect time of the year to grill hamburgers and hot dogs. However, there are no rules set in stone (not that I know) that you should do this or that during a specific time. So, if you want to enjoy an activity or dish, don’t wait for the “proper time.” Do it when you feel like.
86. Make your own burgers
I don’t know about you but I like my burgers full of flavor. The problem is that when you go to a fast food joint or buy frozen patties, the flavor is on the toppings not in the meat per se. That is why I believe nothing beat homemade burgers. You can have fresh meat, spices, onions, herbs and whatever else you like combined for a guaranteed bite of deliciousness.
87. Rewatch cartoons from your childhood
Maybe you have the same thoughts I have about this topic. When I see the cartoons kids watch nowadays, I am like “Those are so bad. Rainbow Brite, The Thunder Cats or Captain Planet were way much better.” If you want take a second look at those childhood goodies, and on top of that brag about what you used to watch, go to You Tube (don’t ask me how I know) and try to find your old favorites. Somebody crazier than you, have already uploaded the videos.
88. Make a friend from another country
Having friends from different countries have elevated my cultural knowledge to another level. I have learned their lingo (not only the proper way of speaking), how to eat their food and details of how they used to live in their countries. I have also gotten a deeper understanding of the history of their lands and even been invited to family gatherings. If you have friends from other countries, I assure you will always be in a constant state of attentiveness.
89. Learn how to deal with fear
If you are resolved to have a more adventurous life, you will need to manage your fears. Fear is a primal emotion designed to aid us in perilous moments (help us to run or fight). Therefore, it is always going to be there. The good news is that you have control over the decisions you make in life. So, you can choose to do certain things even if they are scary. The point is making the decision. Don’t let fear paralyze you.
90. Get surrounded by positive people
This is a difficult one. I know and have spent quite some time with negative people. More than that, a lot of those people became very close to me. Most times, when I commented about going back to school, traveling or changing careers, they had something bad to say. Sadly, at one point I had enough and decided to move on. It was not easy to get distant but I needed fresh air. I believe we have the power to make the best of all circumstances. However, I don’t see why we have to punish ourselves by getting into dreaded territory. If you want to be different, it is better to count with those who embrace your decisions.
Do you have some ideas? Let me know in the comments section below.