Have you ever…?
Lately I’ve been taking stock of my life and wondering if there are activities I should be trying or places I should be visiting or people I should be learning from or chocolate treats I should be eating? Am I doing enough to embrace life; to be engaged in this world?
I’m turning 40 next year, that might explain my increased need to examine the world and my place within it. I think most people go through a period of reflection when they’re approaching milestones in life. Do you?
I reckon life is a journey worth living, one of self discovery. Life is about meeting challenges head-on and taking risks. I’m a firm believer in not only embracing change, but driving it. Love, light, laughter and adventures, I say. I am going to take this year, prior to entering my forties, to tick a few things off my list. It’s so easy to get caught up in everyday commitments of work, house and family. Sometimes it’s fun and soul lifting to think outside the square.
So, in case you’re like me and you’ve been yearning to break out of the everyday routine, I thought I’d ask you a few questions to get you started on your way.
Have you ever painted a portrait or written a poem?
Have you ever taken a language course?
Have you ever marched for something you believe in, written a letter of complaint to your local MP or taken a stand against injustice?
Have you ever stood up for a stranger?
Have you ever done something that scares you?
Have you ever taken up knitting, crocheting, quilting or woodwork?
Have you ever cooked a black forest cake or tempura prawns or homemade yoghurt?
Have you ever eaten truffles or carpaccio or caviar?
Have you ever rock climbed or skateboarded or kite surfed?
Have you ever given up on something, only to think stuff it and then given it another go?
Have you ever sipped coffee at a French bistro in France or swam with sharks in Port Lincoln or watched the sun set over Uluru or visited the Tate Modern in London?
Have you ever written a story or journal?
Have you ever volunteered at a not-for-profit organisation or raised money for charity?
Have you sung karaoke or done a dance class?
Have you ever auditioned for a play?
Have you ever run a marathon or jumped out of a plane?
Have you ever said sorry for your actions or truly forgiven someone for a past wrong to get closure?
Have you ever let your kids stay up really late and then taken them out for pancakes?
Have you ever quit your job to chase a dream?
Have you ever studied just for fun?
Have you ever got a tattoo?
Have you ever read Tolstoy’s War and Peace?
Have you ever done a nudie run?
Have you ever watched every John Hughes’ movie back-to-back?
Have you ever put off an important task and instead just lay on the grass and watched the clouds float by?
Have you done any of those things? I’d love to hear your responses. Do you have any questions to add to the list? Have you ever…?
Have a fab day,
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