We often feel that life on the road is always more exciting. New sounds, sights and smells and totally foreign environments. Our senses are excited and overwhelmed by the novelty brought upon whenever we arrive in a new country or city.
But for most of us with a full-time job, travelling all the time is simply not possible given the limited amount of annual leave. So, rather than feeling bored and sulking over our mundane daily routine, anticipating our next vacation, how do we energize ourselves and make our life off-the-road more exciting?
There are a few ways to live your life to fullest possible (given your life situation) and experience the magic that comes with it.
Challenge your fear or weakness and have fun with it
Most of us would stay away from doing something we are scared of or something that we suck at. Why? Because for our fear of being judged by others, the fear of looking foolish in front of others. But what if we challenge ourselves to keep doing it despite of our fears and weaknesses?
All my life, I've had the biggest fear in public speaking. The idea of talking to an audience, in front of people, more so strangers or acquaintances, gives me butterflies in my stomach. I always thought I would either make a fool out of myself or lost for words when speaking to an audience.
Being a tourist in your city
I was on my way home from a yoga lesson last Sunday and was supposed to meet up with a friend for lunch. Unfortunately the meeting was cancelled due to some unforeseen circumstances. I could have gone home and had an afternoon nap.
Instead, I chose to visit Petaling Street and checked out a famous eatery that I came across on the Internet. I ended up joining in the long line and was rewarded with some seriously delicious food. I also randomly stumbled upon a Deepavali ceremony in an Indian temple where I got to witness skilled musicians perform classical Indian music accompanying the ceremony.
That day was totally unplanned but it turned out to be much better than I had expected. I went home feeling refreshed with new experiences and having learnt a little bit more about the city I live in.
Doing an activity with your friends and family or even strangers
In a nutshell
In order to make our daily life more exciting, we should discard our "scarcity mindset" in thinking that life outside of travelling is dull and boring. Rather, we could make full use of our current life situation and create fun and awesome new experiences even in our own city.
Just think outside the box, do a little bit of research on things to do, say yes to stuff, take that first step out of your comfort zone. Who knows, you might see life in your own city in a totally different light.