🌼7 Things You Must Try at Least Once in This Lifetime(MUST READ)
It’s the simple things that help.
I thought finding your purpose is something they only say in speeches to motivate people.
Until I found mine.
And then it hit me — how most people live devoid of their purpose and some of them never find it.
And that’s normalised.
I will not speak about finding your purpose here.
But here are some things we could all try to do at least once in our lifetime, just so we live at our fullest potential.
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1. Finding Your Ikigai
Ikigai is the Japanese concept of finding sustained happiness.
According to this concept, you find purpose and happiness when you do something you enjoy, but that activity is also what the world needs, fits your strengths, and can potentially pay you.
In my experience of finding my ikigai, I found my purpose — writing.
So I guess there is a strong correlation between your purpose and happiness.
As the author of Ikigai, Hector Garcia Puigcerver, says,
“He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.”
2. Working on Your Health
I was a different person when I was 50 lbs heavier.
I was lower in self-esteem and it was normal for me to keep criticising myself and my body in my mind. Looking back, I feel sad thinking about it because nobody deserves to treat themselves so negatively.
Working on my health made me a lighter and happier person.
It made me conscious of the diet I consume in terms of food and even my information and technology diet.
There’s literally nothing more important than being healthy — mentally and physically. Don’t start when something goes down; start now.
3. Do One Thing That Scares You
It doesn’t always need to be something extreme, like skydiving or snorkelling.
For me, this was solo travelling and going out there and telling personal stories on the internet. The latter still scares me because it never gets easier and my self-doubt continues to creep in.
But something I’ve learnt from doing both of them is that good things happen on the other side of fear.
Good things happened when I quit my job, which was extremely scary.
Good things happened when I took the plunge to travel solo at 21.
This is where you change, grow, and learn more about yourself and the world.
4. Integrate This Into Your Routine
Make time to do one thing that truly makes you happy.
It’s sad how the one activity that makes our soul feel alive is left to pursue on weekends or when we’re free.
Why shouldn’t we feel alive every day?
Whether it’s a bit of painting, journalling, or just doing puzzles with kids — we can allocate 15 minutes every day to do it. The intention isn’t to complete this activity in one go, but to pursue it bit by bit each day.
5. Learn a Different Language
It’s cool how most people in India know at least two languages and understand plenty of others.
I’m fluent in 3 languages but have learnt French on and off since I was 9. I hope to pick that up again and do it more seriously this time.
Learning languages improves cognitive function, problem-solving skills, creativity, and memory.
But apart from these benefits, it’s also more fun to learn something new and look at a place’s culture from the perspective of a language, since it’s such an integral part of it.
6. Let Something Go
Hoarding and holding back bring in toxicity and prevent newness from coming our way.
Are you holding onto relationships that only drain you?
Are you holding on to things that bring back the past?
Then it’s time to declutter because life is too short of having people and things that no longer serve you and, even worse, drain you. This could be something as simple as holding back an item which brings back memories you cannot go back to.
Why live in the past, when you can live in the present?
It sounds daunting to do this, but you’ll feel free thereafter.
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” — Seneca
Some people who can afford to travel also choose not to because they are okay and enjoying themselves where they are.
Just like meditation, travelling isn’t the same thing for everyone.
For me, travelling is walking into random lanes and just be. To not focus on meals and instead pick up multiple local snacks as I keep exploring on foot.
To my friend, travelling is hiking up wherever she can and pushing herself to new limits.
To my husband, travelling is the joy of eating local food and enjoying local wine and whiskey.
Don’t put an expectation or definition to it. But travel to explore what you haven’t yet. Once you do, the same will happen inside, too — you’ll explore what you haven’t, yet.
Read also: 5 simple changes to make today for a happier life (check this out)
Here are the seven things we discussed:
Finding your ikigai
Working on your health
Do one thing that scares you
Integrate activities you enjoy into your routine
Learn a different language
Let go of what no longer serves you (people and things)
Let me know what you’ve already done yet and what appeals to you the most. All the best!
Contributed by Niharikaa Kaur Sodhi
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