Between work, school, and home, we’ve fallen into a routine created for a functional society. From 9-5PM, we work. After that, we sit through traffic, eat dinner, relax, and get ready for bed. The cycle continues until we begin to question what our purpose is. I for one, have been in this position more than a dozen times, and I’m sure you have too!
Often, we take life a little too seriously and lose a touch of ourselves. The last thing we want to happen is to look back a few years from now and wonder why we lived life on the sidelines. This is why we should break from monotony once in a while and try the following at least once in our life.
Go Offline For a Week
Communication and entertainment are easily accessible via online, but sometimes, you just need a break. Take a slow week to read a book, enjoy coffee, and have a real conversation away from the computer screen. While electronics are a convenience, going offline for a week may expand the way we see the world.
My fear of heights is so bad that I found myself shaking as I took every step to the top of Slotzilla in Las Vegas. ‘You’re crazy!’ I told myself while I was suspended in mid-air waiting for my turn to zipline to the other side. At the end of the experience, I was disappointed that it was over. For daredevils who have skydiving or bungee jumping on their bucket list, try zip lining as a baby step. It’s worth the adventure, and definitely something you have to try at least once.
Drop everything and travel alone. Go without your significant other, children, or family and find yourself. Ponder, eat, dance, and experience a new city on your own. You deserve a break from the whirlwind of chaos.
Go to Las Vegas
Adult Playground or Sin City– Call it what you want, but this city lives up to its name. Do the whole shebang and succumb to gluttony, gambling, clubbing and shopping. When you truly want to ‘live life’, this city offers that and more. Just don’t arrive broke. But if you must, here’s how you can afford a trip to Las Vegas.
Join a Protest
Join like-minded people and stand up for what you believe in. You don’t have to be an influencer to make a difference, but every voice counts as they multiply from one to many.
Travel With Your Best Friends
As you get older, it gets harder to coordinate your schedule with friends. Trust me, I’m twenty-something and many of my friends have odd working hours. Gone are the days when we’d drop everything we’re doing just to hang out. If you’re blessed with lots of time, travel with friends. Even if it’s difficult to coordinate with them, travel at least once! There’s nothing like being with good company exploring a new location.
Try Exotic Food
Life is about eating, traveling, and pursuing all things beautiful. With that in mind, eat! Even if you don’t like the idea of eating sushi, try it at least once! Gag at the experience, or discover a new flavor you enjoy. But never say ‘no’ to new, exotic food. Some things to try: Balut, live octopus, squid ink spaghetti (yesh, it exists).
Have a Morning Routine for a Month
Wake up an hour early just to relax and get ready for the day. In fact, early risers tend to be happier, productive, and healthier than night owls. I’m not saying to change your routine, but give it a try! Maybe, squeeze in a workout so you have to do it after work! Whatever, you do with that extra time, make sure it benefits you.
Help those in need by volunteering your time. Feed the homeless, walk dogs, or deliver groceries to an elderly. You won’t believe how satisfying it is to do good unto others.
Win an Award
We all have talents and skills. Don’t let them go to waste by not utilizing them. Practice, practice, practice until you’re recognized for them.
Quit Your Job
If you’re not about your nine to five job, quit. Don’t find yourself in the cycle of making someone else’s dream. At least once in your lifetime, quit a job that has you feeling like you’re at the brink of your limit. If you’re waking up in the morning questioning your life, I’m talking to you.
Fall in Love
Mr. Incredible shared an excerpt to me this week, and I think this sums up what I’m trying to convey here:
“most importantly love
like it’s the only thing you know how
at the end of the day all this
where you’re sitting
nothing even matters
except love and human connection
who you loved
and how deeply you loved them
how you touched the people around you
and how much you gave them”
Spend a Day at the Beach
From sunrise to sunset, spend a day at the beach. Be with good company and feel bliss in the form of rolling waves and the gust of wind running through your hair. Read a good book, get a tan, make sand castles, and have a bonfire. Just spend a whole day at the beach and let go of your worries.
On a random day, pack your bags and do something extraordinary. There’s nothing like spontaneous moments to break the cycle from monotony.