One of my goals for 2018 was to be more adventurous. My idea of adventurous might be a little different from some people because I am a creature of habit and I love routine. Anything that messes up my routine makes me uneasy and frustrated. So, you see how hard it would be for me to be spontaneous and adventurous when I would rather not leave the comfort of my own home and venture out into this vast world? I hope I am not the only one who has this problem, so if this sounds familiar to anyone, then this post is for you. Home bodies unite!
I have just now really realized that my life has been starting to pass me by because I truly have spent most of my life avoiding things that scare me. I guess I never really realized that I did this, but I found out what’s even scarier than being afraid to do something. That’s the fear of missing out on life because of it. Kind of ironic…
I think the reason I started feeling like this was because I had finished school already and I felt like I put off my life because I had to finish school and my internship. This seems to be common with millennials.
I’ve decided that it’s time to actually live my life and do the things I want to and I truly hope there are others out there that suffer from this same problem because we can learn together. Here’s some tips that I’ve come up with along my journey to be more adventurous.
1. Start Small
If you’re like me and the thought of a spontaneous trip across the country by yourself with no planning involved makes you nervous, then start smaller. What is one small thing that makes you uncomfortable if you were to do it?
Think for example about how you feel about taking yourself out to dinner. Would you feel uncomfortable eating by yourself at a restaurant? If you would, try it at a fast food restaurant where it’s not uncommon for people to eat alone. Then, move to a nicer restaurant. Get used to the feeling of being uncomfortable and you’ll be amazed at how your life changes.
2. Do Your Research
Fearing the unknown is completely normal, but you can definitely prepare yourself for it. I am not typically the type of person who throws caution to the wind. I don’t know that I will ever be the type of person to be completely spontaneous and that’s ok. You can still be adventurous while still planning things out. If you want to go somewhere or try something new, there are many resources at your fingertips. Google it, check out a YouTube video on it, and learn as much as you can about it before jumping in.
My boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to Chicago this summer and that was definitely out of my comfort zone because I don’t like big crowds. The good thing was that it was somewhat close and it could be a relatively cheap trip. I planned out that trip for months and it was just a little weekend trip. It worked out great because we both got to do what we wanted and made the most of our time there.
You’ll feel amazed at how much more prepared you’ll feel and I felt like when I prepared for it, I was less likely to bail last minute.
3. Seriously…Just Do It
After you’ve done all you can to plan out your trip and take all the necessary steps so that you won’t be as nervous, just book the freaking trip, sign up for the race, or take that yoga class. This is your life and if this is something you want to do, then do it for yourself. You’ll wonder why you haven’t done it sooner.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this post. I’ll be posting a video on Saturday, but in the meantime check out my latest video from the last day of the Internship Series.
Talk to you guys in another post very soon!