It is easy to get into a rut and just do the same old things over and over. I’m absolutely guilty of this sometimes, where I find that it is easier to watch Netflix or play video games than it is to go out and find something new to try. In these instances, I think to myself, “monotony suits me just fine,” but I know that I’m lying to myself. I always feel better when I can pick myself up from my normal routine to create a new experience.

The experiences that you make for yourself are part of what make you you! By creating new experiences, you are writing stories that you can later tell friends and family and strangers that you meet. You may as well not settle for living vicariously through other peoples’ stories, when you can make your own. You only live once, and in that time, it makes sense to experience as much as you reasonably can. There are certainly limitations to this: things that are patently dangerous or illegal should be avoided, but there are so many other things to pull you out of the everyday drag.

Here are a few examples of some things to try. You may initially look at this list and think that you would or wouldn’t like to try some of these things, but remember that if this is a first for you, you will never know whether you like it or not until you give it a try:

  1. Zip lining
  2. Ride a rollercoaster
  3. Visit somewhere new
  4. Dance
  5. Exercise
  6. Learn a new language
  7. Try new food
  8. Read a new book
  9. Write someone a letter
  10. Learn a new skill (like juggling, slacklining, painting, etc.)

If you like the new thing that you’ve tried, that’s great! You now have a new experience and you’ve learned something new about yourself. If you don’t enjoy it, that’s still great! You still have that experience, and you’ve learned that you’d rather not try it again. Give something new a try to break from the routine and you might surprise yourself.