“What I am in search of is not so much the gratification of a curiosity or a passion for worldly life, but something far less conditional. I do not wish to go out into the world with an insurance policy in my pocket guaranteeing my return in the event of a disappointment, like some cautious traveller who would be content with a brief glimpse of the world. On the contrary, I desire that there should be hazards, difficulties and dangers to face; I am hungry for reality, for tasks and deeds, and also for privation and suffering.”
— Hermann Hesse
Things to do when you’re daring (getting out of the comfort zone):
- Live in a strange city or country for a time. Extra points if the language spoken there is not your own or one you know
- Take any viewpoint that you have held on to whether it is moral, political or religious and try presenting yourself as believing the opposite even to yourself. This will help change your mindset.
- Spend time with the elderly if you are young or with teenagers if you are getting up there in years.
- Dress in a totally different style then you’re use to and go out. Notice how people react to you. How do you feel different?
- Explore your sexuality
- Camp out in the woods for a week. Especially if you have never done it before.
- Think of the last three people who hurt you badly. Make an active attempt to see where they were coming from.
- Think of the worse thing you have ever done in your life and forgive yourself.
- Adopt a different culture or social class for a week
- Tell someone you love how you feel about them. There are very few times when we’re more open and vulnerable than that.
- Remember that life is a banquet with lots to offer and most people only eat from one small area. Try to do one thing every day that you have never done before.
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