Iwant you to think about life “back in the day”:

Remember those nights where you were supposed to be studying but instead decided to drive to the next state just for your favorite ice cream?

Or when one of your friends excitedly ran in the room saying “do you want to…” and you said “HELL YEAH LET’S GO” before they even get a chance to finish their sentence?

When we’re younger, “spontaneity” is the name of the game. We live for those last minute moments where anything can happen, where there are no plans, no thoughts of “but how will this work,” no regrets.

Now that you’re older, when was the last time you’ve done something completely spontaneous? Something that wasn’t planned, that didn’t fit into your five year plan, that took you outside of your comfort zone…just because?

I’ve come to the realization that trying new things is a luxury that many people around the world don’t have. As Americans, we have this awesome opportunity to do and try new things all the time. Why? Because the majority of us aren’t in survival mode! We may not be loaded but we have enough to experience new things and explore some of the wonderful places to see in this world. But how many people aren’t taking advantage of that?

Routine can keep your life calm and stable. It can also kill you with complacency. There are too many things to see and do to just sit around doing the same things in the same places ALL THE TIME. We all have a bit (or a lot!)of wanderlust inside us. Are you taking advantage of it?

I’m not saying everyone should quit their job and move across the country in a Ford Focus. But please, freaking do something new. Something, ANYTHING! Life is too short to do the same thing every day. Try a new food, travel to a new place, play tourist in your hometown, take a different route to work, create a new game to play with your kids, go to a new coffee shop, talk to new people, read a new book, and/or try a new hairstyle. While none of us really knows why we are here, I’d like to think that life is a gift for us to enjoy while also enriching the lives of others.

In case I don’t express it enough, I feel so freaking fortunate to lead the life I do. I have a wonderful life with so many possibilities. To take advantage of them, I’m going to make sure I always have a recent answer for “when was the last time you did something for the first time?”

Dream big. Try, even though you might fail. And don’t allow complacency to keep you from experiencing all life has to offer.

PepTalkMe *A special thank you to James in Puerto Rico for the amazing idea!

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