I don’t know about y’all, but my FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is legit terrible.
Like, “Hi, my name is Hanha, and I struggle with FOMO.”
For example, I recently discovered the art of budgeting, and L-O-L because when I say “budgeting”, I really mean putting some numbers on an excel spreadsheet and really hoping that I stay within the lines. If there’s anything post-grad life has taught me, it’s that access to healthcare is really not affordable, and I cannot purchase everything I want. Meaning I actually have to say no when I go to the store and really like a top on clearance. Not to mention, I have all these lavish financial goals like being retired and a multimillionaire by the time I’m 35.
I say all of this because it looked like a lot of my friends were doing such amazing things. I would sit on my computer or phone scrolling through my timeline wondering how they could afford such extravagant birthday celebrations or vacations. Prime example: one of my friends recently celebrated her 23rd birthday by going to Italy and the Czech Republic.
And I was over here avoiding Home Goods and the mall just so I wouldn’t be tempted to spend money.
The lesson here is that I should stop comparing, and I think this post will be really connected to that. Instead of comparing, you have to learn how to make your own fun. One of my friends shared that with me as she looked at her Snapchat story vs. another one of our mutual friend’s.
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They were both in the same place at the same time doing the same exact thing, but on Snapchat, one looked like she was having the time of her life while the other looked generic and basic (aka boring).
Adventure can be defined as:
“an unusual and exciting experience or activity.”
So, if we’re reading it closely, that doesn’t translate to: “you have to spend tons of money in order to live a life full of adventure”.
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3 Ways to Live a More Adventurous Life (Even if You Feel Like Your Life is Boring)
1. Be spontaneous. Have a “Yes” Day!
I got this idea from another friend (shout-out to you Dana!), and I thought it was pure gold. Her idea of a “yes” day is exactly that. She randomly picks one day out of her week where she must say yes to what is asked of her.
So here’s what you should do. If a friend asks you to dinner on your “yes” day, say yes.
If you have a random thought in your head to try a new restaurant or go to the bookstore, then do it.
This can of course be modified to one day a week or one day a month. But here’s what you should not do.
You should not make plans then cancel them because you’re too lazy to get up and get dressed. (Ha, calling my own self out here…)
And what you also should not do is make excuses like “I’m super busy” or “I’m super tired.” We’re trying to be more adventurous here, people! So you have to want to help yourself first by being willing to take risks even when it comes to yourself.
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2. Create a bucket list. And actually complete it.
This is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s also pretty practical. The hard part is actually making time to do what is on your list. For me, I’ve been wanting to visit the farmer’s market since hm…almost a year ago, and I have still yet to go! I’ve also been wanting to go strawberry picking this summer, and I honestly don’t even know if there’s any strawberries left to pick.
Some ideas to put on your bucket list can include:
- attending a creative workshop
- taking a cooking class
- volunteering at an animal shelter, or
- going zip-lining.
DM me on Instagram and let me know what’s on your bucket list, and I’ll be sure to hold you accountable to it!
3. Try something new recurrently.
This has probably been one of my favorite things to do since it can be related to anything and everything. You can narrow it by focusing on just one hobby. Or you can be as broad as you want by incorporating a lot of different activities.
Just allow those creative juices to flow like the 5 year old you once were coloring on blank paper.
So if this means going on a date with yourself once a month, then do it.
If it means visiting a new coffee shop during your lunch break once a week, then do it.
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Travel to a new city, experience a festival, make a new friend, attend a conference. There are so many options out there and the possibilities are quite honestly endless. The whole point is to just make sure you pick something new, and then be consistent with making it a recurring activity.
I’ve come to learn that life is entirely too short to spend it jealous of other people doing what we think are amazing things. It’s kinda exhausting, and research shows we can only focus on so many things at one time. In other words, you might as well use that mental energy for something that will bring fulfillment or joy to your life.
Stop saying “no” to yourself. Go on adventures, try new things, and just live.
Loved reading this post? Let me know what you think by stopping by my page on Instagram, and tell me some ways you can be more spontaneous in the comments below. I would love to get to know you and hear how you plan to live a more adventurous life!