Have you ever stopped to think about life? Have you ever thought about your past, your present and your future? Are you doing what you like and what you love? Are you happy with the life that you are living? Are you doing something rewarding? Are you being good with your family, friends, and people in general? What are you doing to help the world?
Those can be very deep questions that people can ask themselves in moments of introspection and self-reflection. We should always ask things like these to ourselves, and we should “keep a record” of our answers if we really want to improve our lives.
The answers to these questions should show us that we have been improving, that we are not the same person, that we have changed for the better and that we are doing something different, something that will help us to diversify our life, and live it as if every day is the last day.
But if we have these questions in mind and we don’t like the answers, we should start making a plan to improve and to change our ordinary life. We have to start by changing our habits because life is full of it. We have to start breaking the mold. Check out the 10 ways below of how to change your ordinary life, and start having an exciting one!
Travel. For many reasons, travel is an excellent way to change your life. One important thing about traveling is that you can learn a lot of things: languages, history, or new habits. You don’t need to go far to visit different places: beaches, mountains, rivers, lakes, deserts, the tundra, or savannas are just some examples. Traveling will connect you with Mother Earth, its habitants and its places, and it will make you grow in many different ways.
Of course traveling means that you have to spend some money, so you should check your savings before planning a trip. If you don’t have enough money, you can always find a job while you travel. Today, the internet offers us excellent tools. There are different options to work online as you travel. Finding a job teaching English is one of them, but you can also be a virtual assistant, a writer, a blogger, a YouTuber, a programmer, a web designer, etc. The options are infinite! Just make sure to choose one that can give you some free time to enjoy your journey.
Volunteer. Helping people will always enrich our souls and our spirits. Being a volunteer is a great opportunity to give something to people who need it, whether they are victims of natural disasters, wars, poverty in underdeveloped countries, or otherwise. There are a lot of charity movements and organizations that accept people who want to help. Specific professions such as doctors, nurses or teachers are always required, but everyone is usually accepted if they are willing to help.
There are also Organizations to help animals in danger of extinction, and they are always in need of veterinaries, for example. Anyway, if you don’t feel like you can take care of a lion, a rhino, a panda or sick, poor and needy people, you can always help by donating money, food, clothes, etc.
Take a course. Stop and think: what would you like to learn? If you think about your favorite things, you’ll realize that there are a lot of things that you haven’t started doing yet, because we always make an excuse to stay in our “comfort zone”. Open up your mind! Do a photography course. Take aviation or navigation classes. Take cooking lessons. Do whatever you like! The course or courses that you take will become assets for you. After finishing one course, you can start working with that, and a few months later you can start doing something new. Your life will always be full of new things and new experiences. There’s no better way to diversify your routine!
Practice some exercise routines. Doctors and health experts always recommend that you do exercise 3 times a week, or 150 minutes per week. This will make you feel better, healthier and happier. There are hundreds of workouts that you can do, so we can avoid the “routine” part and start having a fascinating daily life by doing different “routines” during the week. For example, one week you can try pilates + running + swimming, and the next week you can try yoga + going to the gym + playing basketball. For the rest of the month, you can mix the options, or you can add more sports. Whether tennis, soccer, baseball, badminton, volleyball, kickball, cricket, gymnastics, dancing, skateboarding, surfing or skysurfing, cycling, climbing, combating or striking, there are infinite options to refresh your body and mind by doing exercise. Remember to complement your routines with healthy food, and if you add meditation to your health plan, you will feel even better!
Practice a religion. It’s not a secret that it is natural for the humans to believe in God. Religions are as old as human history, and they have become a way to meditate and think about our lives and how to become a better person. Most people acquire a religion when they are born, but sometimes they lose the habit as they grow up. Even though I’m not asking you to become a fanatic, it is a good idea to regularly go to your place or worship to have a spiritual connection with your God(s) and to consider the different aspects of your life where you don’t feel good. It can be liberating.
Develop or expand your artistic skills. Arts can take you to a relaxation level similar to meditation or exercises. Think about the artistic skills that you might have, and start expanding them by doing a course or just chilling at home to have fun. You can invite your friends and sing, play the piano, the guitar or the drums. You can start painting the trees that you have in front of your apartment, your neighbors or neighborhoods, or your dog. You can start writing a novel. Who knows if you are going to be the next J.K. Rowling! Remember that if you develop your skills you can increase the possibility of having a better job opportunity in the future.
Research. This is a good way to invest your time if you feel like you are doing nothing at home. Choose a topic, and start researching it. Look for something relevant, something that people are going to like. Go to the library, open your web browser. If you do a good job, you can even sell your work to an institution, government, website, newspaper, magazine or another type of publication. It depends on the type of work that you want to do, but I assure you that you will always learn something new and that you will train your writing abilities.
Cultivate your relationships. Having a good relationship with your family, friends, partners and husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend is a key point to change your ordinary life. Everything that you do is related to society, so you have to like people, to accept people, and to deal with the differences that you can have with somebody. “Conflicts” and experiences enrich our lives and our capacities to be a better person. Start sharing time with the people that you love, you can even do some of the activities mentioned with them. Your ordinary life will start to be special.