“Ask what makes you come alive”. What a question. When was the last time you really asked yourself what makes you feel alive. I’m not talking about that momentary euphoria you experience when you have a too much to drink and find yourself dancing crazily around the lounge. That aliveness fizzles out pretty quickly. I’m talking about feeling you get when are truly alive and living in the moment. The buzz, the natural high, the yep! life is pretty awesome moment. You know, that feeling.
I think it is absolutely necessary to discover the things that make us come alive. And make sure we do them, often.
It’s true that we are all very unique individuals. So your thing will indeed differ from those around you. But that’s okay. It’s what makes each one of us interesting. Some of us are in awe of new travel experiences and seeing different parts of the world, some of us are not so interested. Some of us feel electric when we go see a live band playing, some of us are not so bothered. So, figure out what enlivens your spirit and lights up the fire inside of you.
I’ve put together my own list of ideas and inspirations which make me feel alive. I would love to hear yours!
1. Make a playlist.
Nothing makes me feel more alive than putting on music and cranking up the volume. I especially get a buzz out of listening to my favorite bands, particularly the punk rock music which provided the soundtrack to my rebellious teenage years. Those songs still bring a smile to my face, reminding me to always stay carefree and young at heart. Make a playlist of your favorite songs, and play it often and play it loud.
2. Walk in the rain.
Okay so you are going to get wet. But where is the fun in being so practical and sensible all the time. I vividly remember on New Years Day this year, I went out with my iPod in the pouring rain and just walked. I got absolutely drenched to the bone but I felt completely alive. And coming home and having a lovely warm bath was just as blissful afterwards. So why not go out once in a while when its raining without worrying about messing up your hair or getting a cold and just enjoy the walk. Go on, I dare you.
3. Take a break. Watch a movie.
A good film can reinvigorate and inspire. Why not put on a DVD when you have scheduled yourself time to be doing something else. Saturday afternoon? Well maybe you should be doing the weekly shop, cleaning, or whatever you have planned. But screw it. Those mundane chores can be put on hold. Jut put your feet up, get comfy and immerse yourself in a good film. Doing things differently and straying off away from plans will keep life unpredictable and interesting.
4. Create something.
Creating something, anything, always gives me a buzz. I sit back after and think, yeah I did that! With creativity there are absolutely no limits – all you need is time, imagination and the patience to allow your natural gifts and talents to flow. As Brené Brown quite rightly says in her book The Gifts of Imperfection: There is no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. So experiment with creativity. Take your camera out with you. Practice photo editing. Start a blog. Bake a cake. Figure out how to send a Moonpig card. Give anything a go, you may just surprise yourself with what you can actually do if you try.
5. Go somewhere new.
The world is a massive place. Why do we always seem to visit the same familiar places time and time again? Going somewhere new is exciting and fresh. If you can’t go on that trip of a lifetime just yet, why not just try a new place to eat? A new experience doesn’t have to be wildly expensive or exotic. Wander around your city and try somewhere different. You never know, by stepping out of your comfort zone, you could find your new favorite place.
6. Connect with the world.
As humans, we thrive on connectivity. We want to feel part of the bigger picture. We want to feel that we matter and what we do has a positive affect on the world around us. When we lose connection, we feel depressed and isolated. So connection in itself makes us feel alive. And it can come in many forms. Why not reach out to those around you and share your stories. Enjoy a cup of tea and a catch up with family. Give someone a call. Listen to someone talk about their day. Send a card. Write an e-mail. Say thank you. A small thoughtful gesture can make a big impact on another persons life.
7. Plan more wow moments.
Planning something exciting always makes us feel alive. I know that when I have a trip lined up, I feel the buzz of anticipation way before I even get to the airport. Think back to what made you go wow! And plan to do it more, or at least save up to make it happen. Love music? Plan to see your favorite bands. Love travel? How about a weekend away if you can’t afford a holiday. Enjoy being pampered? Book yourself into a spa. Life is full of wow moments. You just need to find out what sparks your own fire and then get out there and make it happen.
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