No one wants to live a “boring” life, by any means, right? There’s a reason why we all gravitate towards TV shows, films, and books that have to do with adventure, unusual and interesting events, and things that just deviate from the ordinary, after all. That’s because “adventure” is just more exciting and fulfilling than “predictable”, “dull”, and “uninspiring.” That being said, it’s all too common for us to find ourselves living lives that we don’t find ultimately meaningful, fulfilling, or uplifting. Everyone dreams of being a firefighter, or an astronaut, or an explorer, as a child, but a lot of us end up as office drones doing jobs that we hate.
If your life doesn’t interest you very much, or give you a sense of excitement, or enthusiasm, it’s really worthwhile investigating why things are that way, and taking steps to radically shake stuff up and embark on a more adventurous way of being. Of course, living a more interesting life is the kind of thing that will likely take a good deal of work, focus, and diligence, over a significant length of time. It’s an ongoing project, more than just a quick activity. All the same, here are a few tips for making your life more interesting, that you can get started with sooner, rather than later.
Get out of your ruts, and try to do things differently for a while
As human beings, we are all creatures of habit to one degree or another. Generally speaking, we will get settled into certain routines, and find ourselves acting out the same patterns, day in and day out, without paying much mind to exactly what’s happening. This is especially likely to happen if you don’t question and investigate the ways in which use your time, on a regular basis. So, for example, do you always go out to the same bars with your friends, get drunk on the same drinks, dance to the same songs, go home and nurse the same kind of hangover, every other weekend? Or, when you’ve got an evening to yourself, do you inevitably space out and catch up on whatever the hit TV show is at that point in time?
If you want your life to be more interesting, you really need to make an effort to get out of your ruts and do things differently. Maybe invite your friends to hang out at the zoo, instead of at the pub. And how about taking up a particular hobby, or side project, instead of just spacing out on the sofa?
Spend less time seeing the world through a screen, and more time seeing it in person
The Internet, computing technology, and television, are all amazing things, and can enrich your life in a variety of ways. For example, many people now work through the web, and this particular working arrangement allows them to travel the world, with laptop in hand, and enjoy a degree of professional autonomy that might well have been unthinkable even just a few short years ago. At the same time, though, there is a really deadly element to all the “screens” that surround us these days.
Specifically, it’s all too easy to spend your entire life entertaining yourself through the computer, or TV, instead of getting out there in the real world. In fact, the problem is even worse than that. Because TV programmes, and social media sites, often act as “super stimuli” that engage our brain’s reward centres far more acutely than most real-world pastimes. That means that it’s easy to actually become hooked to your devices, and to find the real world dull by comparison. In order to begin regaining your natural curiosity and zest for life, make an effort to spend less time seeing the world through a screen, and more time seeing it in person. Reduce your web surfing, and spend less time watching films and TV programmes. Use web blockers and other tools to help you cut back.
Take small steps to personalise your experiences in life, rather than leaving them generic
A lot of things that you can buy, these days, are likely to be mass produced, and also owned by a few thousand, if not millions, of other people. If you get your furniture out of a popular catalogue, for example, you may well get the eerie sensation that you have turned your living room into a pretty generic place corner of Scandinavia. There’s nothing wrong with slightly generic furniture, exactly, but if you want your life to be more interesting, taking steps to personalise your experiences in life, rather than leaving them generic, can be a pretty rewarding thing to do. The way you go about this will differ from situation to situation. Maybe it could mean looking up personalised number plates for your new car. Or, maybe decorating your home with some art pieces that you created yourself. Either way, try to put your own unique mark on things when you can.
Set yourself some ambitious goals, and pursue them with everything you’ve got
Life is a lot more interesting when you are aiming for big things, and working flat out to pursue and achieve them. For a lot of us, a main reason why our lives feel dull and uninteresting, is because we’ve decided – consciously or unconsciously – to just “go with the flow” rather than chase particular dreams and aims. Make your life a quest, instead of a meandering trip down an uncertain river, with no target destination in sight. Set yourself some ambitious goals, and pursue them with everything you’ve got. Think big, and aim for stuff that really seems to have a deeper meaning to you, as opposed to just things that would be “nice” to have.
Take this exercise seriously, but don’t be too daunted to actually go through with it. Record your goals as best as you can right now, and be willing to update them on a regular basis, down the line. The important thing is that you have something to aim for, and go after it wholeheartedly.