I wrote about doing something drastic a few years ago, but I was a different person back then.
At the time, the most drastic thing I’d ever done was chop off my hair and be a mirror image to my boyfriend. Rock on!
Because honestly, I’ve led a pretty dictated life up til now. I went to school for business, got the needed internships, got an entry-level job, used my 15 days of vacation every year, bought a house, got married, had a baby, yada yada yada.
You know, the usual linear path.
Not that there’s ANYTHING wrong with that. It’s a great life, and I’m definitely not complaining about it. But I felt like I was missing out on something this whole time, and I finally realized what it was…
I’ve been missing out on having an adventure.
I’ve been missing out on doing drastic shit like chopping my hair off. Getting tattoos. Being mischievous. And hot damn, I’ve forgotten what it’s like to feel like a whole new ME. A brave me.
Because I LOVE feeling like a totally new person, someone that people don’t recognize, and that I don’t recognize.
It invigorates me because it pushes me to see life differently.
This is why I SO strongly advocate doing something drastic. Even if it’s something so benign as buzzing half your head off.
But the question is, how brave are you to be drastic?
See, I started with the small step of chopping off my hair. Recently, I graduated to selling all my stuff, quitting my job without one lined up, and moving my family overseas to a country I’ve only visited twice.
Yep. Taking the drasticness (not a word) to a new level.
And why not? What else is life meant for if not for memories, experiences, and adventures? I’ve been really thinking a lot about the top five regrets of the dying, and concluded that I want to avoid them as much as possible (shocking I know!).
Above all, the #1 regret: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
And so far, I feel like I’ve been living a very ‘expected’ life.
I consider this big drastic change in my life to be my first real adventure.
And whatever happens, I hope I don’t forget to take more leaps of faith because I want that to be the defining factor of what it means to have a fulfilling life.
I hope this inspires you and gives you food for thought.
In the meantime, go read the blog post.