You probably hear the maxim “Live life to the fullest” fairly often, but what does it really mean? There are many ways to interpret that saying, and it’s up to you to discover a personal meaning of your own.
Women all over the world have derived satisfaction from continually striving to learn new things and take on extreme challenges. But how?
Take a chance and try something new
It would be foolish to tell you that you need to drop everything, forget about your career, and run away. But it would be at least as ridiculous to urge you to spend 40 or 50 hours a week in a small cubicle pecking away at a keyboard and staring at a screen with no end goal in sight.
There has to be a happy medium somewhere in between. It’s possible to have the best of both worlds. But it’s up to you to take advantage of the opportunities by hunting them down and choosing them.
According to Paul Beard, Founding Director of Alltracks Academy, a company that runs ski and snowboard courses in Canada, “As soon as you slow down, you start missing out. It’s important for women everywhere to live life to the fullest and find ways to remain active.”
Here are just a few ways to do that:
Off-piste skiing. Also known as backcountry skiing, off-piste skiing is done on unpatrolled or unmarked trails outside official ski resort boundaries or public slopes. The potential risk involved attracts many, and it takes considerable skill to maneuver un-traversed snow. If you’re looking for a way to improve your skiing skills, this is it!
Scuba diving. The cool thing about scuba diving is that we were never built to do it. The depths of the ocean were supposed to be out of our reach — left to our imagination — yet we’ve invented devices that allow us to swim 50, 75, or even 100 feet and more below the surface. Its may not be suitable for everyone, but scuba diving can be an incredibly freeing and thrilling adventure for some people. Maybe it’s time you gave it a try?
Rock climbing. If you’re looking for an exciting new hobby, rock climbing could be exactly what you need. You can do it indoors, outdoors, in a structured setting, way out in the country. It’s physically demanding and highly rewarding. Start with some lessons at a local climbing center and then look at training for more rigorous outdoor climbs.
Skydiving. When we think about crazy, exhilarating, out-of-the-box ideas, skydiving may be one of the first things that comes to mind. That’s because relatively few people are willing to jump out of the safety of an airplane and free-fall toward the earth. However, out of about 3.2 million annual jumps made in the US each year, fewer than 25 result in the person failing to survive. If you look at those odds, you might not find them that difficult to take on. And if you’re looking to try something totally crazy, this is one of your best options.
Volcano boarding. There’s skateboarding and then there’s volcano boarding. Lonely Planet describes it as “the art of zooming down the face of an active volcano on a reinforced plywood toboggan.” If that sounds like fun to you, you’re not alone. Certain crazy people like to volcano board down the side of the Sierra Nevada volcano in Nicaragua.
Life’s what you make it
There are many things in life you’ll find you can’t control. But you can take a stand against the norm and try something new.
Whether you want to push completely out of the ordinary and go skydiving, or just spend more time snowboarding during the winter, there are so many ways to branch out and do your own thing. Life’s what you make it … so make it something special!
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