Some people live their entire lives hiding behind their comfort zones. These can be because of several reasons: they’re afraid of failing, they lack the confidence to try new things, or because no one is supporting them to get out of their safe space.
And while those are all valid reasons, they can also be a huge hindrance to their personal growth. At some point, you have to make scary decisions so that you can grow and become a better version of yourself. That can include failing multiple times and being lost in the process.
Still, that doesn’t mean that you should never go out. If anything, that should be an inspiration that there is always something more that you can do; that there is always something more that life can offer you than just mundane routines and faint flickering of hope.
It’s understandable if you don’t know where to begin. The mere thought of traversing the road not taken can be a bit overwhelming. So let this be your guide to making the most out of life. Once you follow these tips, you’ll see that creating small changes to your usual routines can be an exciting change of pace.
Have a Taste of Danger
Driving is a task that can be done mindlessly while still being alert and attentive enough to be a responsible driver. It’s something that you do day in and day out; in other words, it’s a routine. This can easily become a boring task, but there are things that you can do to make it exciting once in a while.
Stop calculating your actions and do it for the thrill of it. You can drive a little faster, rev up your engine, and let loose on the road. That doesn’t mean that you’re driving past the speed limit enough to catch a police radar gun pointed at you. But you can allow yourself to drive so fast that it mimics your heart beating from the excitement of the experience.
Indulge Yourself Better
Buy that thing you’ve been eyeing for the past year, treat yourself to a dinner in that new restaurant you drove past last week, or pop that champagne you’ve been saving for when you get a promotion at work. Sometimes, you need to indulge yourself with rewarding acts without reason.
Many people have a hard time allowing themselves to enjoy the little things because they feel like they don’t deserve it. But what happens if that thing they’re hoping to achieve never happens? Should they wallow in the grief?
Don’t wait for that next milestone to happen and go for it. Do whatever can give you momentary happiness once in a while so that you’re not letting yourself miss out on the little things. But do this in moderation so that you can preserve its luxury.
Laugh a Bit Louder
Life is already too hard to care about what others think of you and your actions. When you start caring less about how people perceive you, that’s when you can begin enjoying your life better. So laugh loud when it’s appropriate, don’t settle for silent chuckles when all you really want is to burst out laughing.
Take whatever life throws at you in stride, then laugh after it’s over and done with. People say that laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes, they are right. There are times when all you really need after a bad day is a good laugh, so allow yourself that luxury and laugh until you double over.
Love Yourself, Harder
Self-love is one of the most difficult kinds of love there is. It’s hard to appreciate yourself and your accomplishments when the world around you fills you with doubt. But ironically, that’s when you need to love yourself the most.
So the next time something happens that makes you lose faith in yourself, try your best to put yourself first. Don’t think about the possible repercussions and do what’s best for you. Deliberately take yourself out of that situation if you can, and avoid being sucked into the endless darkness.
Choosing to love yourself can be hard at first, especially if you’re used to putting others’ happiness before yours. But at some point, you’ll realize that at the end of the day, all you really have is yourself. So who better to pick you up and dust yourself off than you?
There’s a fine line between actually living and merely existing. When you learn how to define and differentiate those two states, you’ll start to appreciate life more and what it has to offer. Until then, you can go about your days and choose to seek adventure.