So much of what we do in our lives is routine or reactive, not deliberate. Here are 20 things we think everyone should do at least once. What would you add?
1. Own your own business
Find out if you have what it takes to be your own boss. Whether you’re founding the world’s next mega-corporation, opening the shop around the corner or just freelancing from your home office, you deserve to experience the freedom and frustration of working for yourself.
2. Live in a foreign country
Immerse yourself in different culture by taking up residence in another country for as long as your savings and the rest of your life plan will allow. Most countries will issue 60- or 90-day visas on request, and many cities offer short-term rentals at rates that beat vacation prices. There is a world of difference between being a tourist and being an expat. Go and find out.
3. Buy a home
Who doesn’t dream of owning their own home? The recessionand widespread foreclosures over the past few years may have tarnished thedream a bit, but it’s still alive and well for most people. Renting may offermore flexibility and variety, but there’s nothing quite like having a place ofyour own.
4. Drive coast to coast
At least once in your life, take the ultimate road trip. Drive all the way across the country and return by a different route. The scenery, and the experience, will be unforgettable.
5. Get your heart broken
No one goes looking for heartbreak, but emotional pain is an inevitable part of life and often a prerequisite for developing compassion and empathy, and for recognizing and appreciating true love when you find it.
6. Be cheered by a crowd
Do something cheer-worthy, whether you’re scoring the winning touchdown, taking a bow after your successful theater debut or delivering a rousing speech—and then bask in the crowd’s loud vocal approval and applause.
7. Keep a journal
At some point in your life, follow the example of successful people ranging from presidents and prime ministers to artists and authors by keeping a written record of your daily thoughts, insights and observations.
8. Take a leap of faith
It’s nice to have all the facts and a clear and irrefutable choice, but life doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes, you have to just trust your instincts, take a leap of faith, and see where you land. Chances are you’ll end up in a place far more interesting than where logic alone would have led you.
9. Give something back
Life has been good to you, so use some of your time, talent and hard-earned money to help those less fortunate. You’ll not only improve the lives of the people you touch directly, you’ll also enrich your community and yourself.
10. Design and build a house
Stop trying to fit your life into spaces designed by people who don’t understand what you need, and build a place of your own. Whether it’s your dream house or a weekend cabin, at least once in your life design and build a home of your own.