What are your most rewarding life experiences? Here is a list of 60 things that others have said are their most rewarding experiences. Things which, when mastered, are life changing. Check out the list below and get inspired, add your favorites to your personal list and then cross them off one by one as you go!
1. Master your emotions
Nobody likes grumpy people who drag other people down. Over the time you will learn to master your emotions and you tend to no longer get upset over little (mostly unimportant) things. Your goal should be to lift people up by your sheer presence instead of dragging them down because you feel like they owe you something. Master your own emotions first and then use your happy attitude to help others to do the same. This should be on your bucket list now and you should work on it every day.
2. Take care of your body
Eat good and healthy. Just be curious about it. Try to limit the toxic stuff you put into your body, because you actually care about it. Learn to value health over instant and short-term pleasure provided by fast food, sugary candy and alcohol. Finally get in shape and get the body you really want for yourself. You don’t have to go super crazy here and become the next Mr. or Mrs. Olympic but just take care over your body, because you only have one (and you might want it for several years to last).
3. Learn to apologize
Show strength by admitting your mistakes and wrongdoings. Don’t act all cool and tough. If you messed up, stand your ground and admit that you screwed up. People value this kind of behavior.
4. Forgive the people who treated you poorly
There is nothing more refreshing than to sincerely forgive somebody. It allows you to get rid of the anger and it frees up your mind. It enables you to allow new better stuff to enter your life. If you keep holding on to the people who treated you disrespectfully because you think they owe you an apology you might use up a lot of your own energy and nobody is helped here. Just forgive them and move on.
5. Also, make peace with yourself
Don’t forget to do the same with yourself. Be nice to yourself. Everyday.
6. Learn how to appreciate being alone
There is power in spending time with yourself and really finding out how you work and tick.
7. Question your convictions
Think about all the stuff you believed was true when you were 10 years old and now you know is completely wrong. Think about all the stuff people in general believed to be true like 100-200 years ago. Don’t you think that you might be wrong about something right now as well? Learn to be open-minded and non-judgmental to other people’s opinions and ideas. This way magical connections and things might happen.
8. Get rid of the emotional baggage
If something is holding you back, learn to get rid of it. Time is valuable and better spent “unchained”.
9. Be curious about people
Be interested in people. Often, the people interested in others are the most interesting people themselves. Become one of these people. Learn to listen and learn something new from everybody you meet. Everybody can teach you something. They have x years of their own, unique life experience which you don’t have.
10. Work on your relationships
Make it a habit to deepen your relationships and constantly bring them to the next level.
11. Love deeply (and mean it)
It is rewarding in itself, but it also comes around.
12. Deepen your adventurous side
Adventurous have more cool stories to tell. Become one of them!
13. Swim naked
In the best case under the crystal clear sky.
14. Sail continuously for three days and nights on the open ocean
You can combine that with the one point above.
15. Expose yourself to new stimuli
Always expand your mind and try new things.
16. Do something you might regret later (but probably won’t)
It’s fun to do something “stupid” from time to time. Just don’t do something dumb!
17. Tackle your inner wanderlust
Do something you feel like doing without justifying yourself to anybody else. Just listen to the voice which tries to tell you to explore and see the world.
18. Live somewhere vastly different from your hometown
It will give you great new insights, you will become more open-minded and you widen your horizon.
19. Visit a new country every year
Why not go somewhere you have not yet been before? Why not do it every year?
20. Spend a year abroad
Study abroad or just go for a travel. There is something magical that happens when you spend a long time in a new surrounding.
21. Travel without being a tourist
Resist the urge to take a picture of every attraction all the time. Just look and experience instead of watching it through a small lens and then applying a filter to distort it again. Use your own eyes and see the vibrant colors by yourself!
22. Camp in the wilderness hundreds of miles from civilization
Do it and experience the clear and wide sky with all the stars that brighten the night. The farther you are away, the clearer the night!
23. Pick two to four friends and go on annual vacations
It’s fun and it will reconnect you with your friends again. Doing stuff together gets more and more difficult the older we get because of more pressing responsibilities and other issues. But taking a time off together might be a nice and new chance to bond again.
24. Learn how to get by on the bare minimum
Cut down on your expenses. You will find out you need far less than you think you do.
25. Expand your comfort zone
Once you have stretched your mind it can no longer go back to its default state.
26. Get comfortable meeting and talking to strangers
Strangers are your friends! We are all humans and we are social creatures.
27. Be of service without expecting something in return
Volunteer or run for some position of leadership. Work a service job. Offer your service to charity. Give them some money to work with. Bring a homeless person a coffee. Go out of your way to help a stranger. Simply do something which has no direct payback for you and see what happens. Often, these selfless acts make us realize how fulfilling these kind of human interactions can be. Little (easy) things can mean a huge difference for somebody else in need!
28. Offer value to people
Offer value to people and people will give you back in return.
29. Make something with your hands
Create something with your hands. It’s cool.
30. Master a profession
And then another one. You are no longer meant to learn one thing and then do this very task until you die. We live in a very fast-paced and flexible world and you can be just like that as well. If you feel the urge to do something different, which might give you more joy and happiness, why not awaken your inner curious side and try something new! Maybe the time to start something new is right now!
31. Start your own business
Don’t hold back just because of fear. If you have the desire to do it you should just go for it. Trying and maybe not liking it is always a better story than saying: “I don’t know, I have never dared to try it!”
32. Fail really hard
Everybody fails at his first attempts to achieve something great. Try to be one of them and double your “fail rate”.
33. And recover from a big setback again
The trick is to recover from your failures again and go stronger next time. That is how people succeed in life.
34. Hire someone
You don’t have to do everything by yourself. Hire experts who can help you out.
35. Fire someone
Not every hire was a great idea!:)
36. Get fired yourself
Well, that might happen as well. But you will realize that it is not the end and oftentimes even a blessing in disguise.
37. Quit your job
Especially if you are miserable.
38. Drop a bad habit
Drop them one by one and try to reach your full potential. They are called “bad habits” for a reason.
39. Execute on an idea you had for a while but never tackled
Finally decide to do it.
40. Email one of your heroes
Get inspiration talking to people you value or you feel inspired by. Try to reach out for them. It is a fun thing to do and you might learn something new with little to no efforts. You can ask for help or advice. But if you don’t ask you will never get an answer. But if you do and your hero actually responds, how awesome would that be?
41. Meet up with one of your heroes
Get starstruck. Get inspired.
42. See a band’s last show ever
Especially if you love that very band.
43. Educate yourself
Become a life-long learner and dedicate yourself to life long improvement.
44. Read 1000 books
There is so much wisdom in books. Why not read it and get inspired by what the people who wrote these books have gone through and found out? Also, read the novels you “read” in high school and be amazed.
45. Pass on your own life lessons
Blog about your experiences. Tell other people. Teach your wisdom to other people. Don’t be selfish and hold back, people want to know. A lot of people think what they might have to say is of no value to others, but they forget that there is a lot of stuff they know which other people have no idea of. Share your insights!
46. Become comfortable speaking in public
There is no need to be afraid of talking in public. It’s a crucial skill everybody should decide to tackle. It’s important for you in order to share your hard earned wisdom.
47. Perform on stage
If you have now mastered talking in public, why don’t you bring it to the next level and perform on stage (karaoke counts)?
48. Try a new sport
Try it and master it if you love it.
49. Run a marathon
Or participate in any other endurance trial. Just to find out how far you can push yourself and to learn that persistence and training pays off in the end.
50. Go scuba diving
Explore the deep sea and be blown away.
51. Learn to dance
It’s a fun way to express yourself. And it impresses the girls!:)
52. Fly down a mountain on skis or a snowboard
What better activity to do in the snowy winter months?
53. Develop a bond with an animal
Bonding with an animal can teach you some very valuable lessons.
54. Ride a horse
Learn to give it commands and create a connection to such a strong and majestic creature.
55. Ride an elephant
It’s exotic and fun. Why would you not want to do that?
56. Fly through the air
Go paragliding/parasailing/skydiving. There is something great in conquering this fear. It requires trust. And being able to trust in yourself or somebody else is always a bonus in life!
57. Spend quality time with your parents
The older you get the more you see how your parents were right about a lot of things. Better spend as much time as possible with them and soak up their life experience. They care about you and you should appreciate what they have done for you.
58. Witness the birth of a child
It’s kinda magical. Don’t you think?
59. Hold a newborn’s hand
They are so young and yet so strong already. It’s a cool experience.
60. Be happy
In the end everybody wants to be happy! But oftentimes it is harder than we think. I guess the ultimate thing on the bucket list of everybody should be “being happy”! Find something you really enjoy doing. Something that gives you so much joy and happiness that you would never want to do something different ever again. If you can look into the mirror every day and love what you see, I guess this is so much more valuable than any other thing you checked off your bucket list.
Be happy and appreciate the little things!
Featured photo credit: Moyan Brenn via flickr.com