Stop Being so ‘Guarded’!

I’m back! And with a Wednesday post, this one’s a little different. Throughout last year and hopefully this year too, I’ve been trying to experiment with different things. From dying my hair brown (it used to be strawberry blonde!) to jumping out of a plane at 16,000 feet whilst on a solo trip in New Zealand, I’ve had my fair share of opening myself up to new things.

BUT even though I’ve been able to do it myself, I’ve noticed so many people struggling to do it for themselves. These people need to stop ‘guarding’ themselves from the bad things that could happen. By doing things more on a whim, you set yourself up for an unknown experience! In this post, I hope to open everyones eyes up to why doing that ‘stupid’, ‘silly’ or ‘outrageous’ thing could actually help you have a different perspective.

There’s something so boxed in about doing what’s expected. You can’t really learn about who you really are without taking a few chances or risks. Life is a bit of a gamble, and sometimes you’ve just really got to take a deep breath and jump into the deep end.

There have been so many times where I would’ve loved to just give up on living and just pretend that I’d be happy working in a crappy retail job for the rest of my life.

I had enough guts to actually do so many things I never thought myself possible and I’ll never look back! Ever heard ‘It’s the things you didn’t do that you’ll regret most’? There’s a damn good reason that saying is so important for me. I have jumped the gun and done things I normally wouldn’t do and honestly, I don’t regret a single one.

To ensure you guys know that I’m not just blabbing about this, here’s a list of things I did that I normally wouldn’t! And absolutely none of them have I regretted.

  • Dropping out of my Diploma of Nursing
  • Starting (and then finishing!) a Certificate iii in Travel
  • Spontaneously booking a trip to New Zealand! Without anyone I knew well and on a tour with 30 other people I had never met before (anxiety central)
  • Going skydiving at 16,000 feet!
  • Getting drunk in another country, without a key, getting lost on the way back to my hotel
  • Swimming in the middle of the night in an incredibly cold lake in far South New Zealand

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  • Going through heaps of interviews at my current job and actually getting an awesome job out of it!
  • Quitting my horrid old job, and telling the manager exactly how I felt about how he and his co-managers runs the place (basically a huge lack of management skills)
  • Going against my parents opinions and applying to university – and then actually getting accepted
  • Saying yes to a date with someone I went to high school with! Turned out to be an awesome decision, as I’m still with him 🙂
  • Traveling throughout Japan with my younger brother, without any prior knowledge of the country! Talk about learning on the spot.

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  • Standing up for what I think – both at work and at home. Sometimes things CAN’T be left unsaid.

There we have it, the last 2 years of my life and pretty much every thing I have said yes to are the best things that have happened to me! For those out there, life may already be busy, but taking the chance and doing stuff can have awesome outcomes. Say yes to that solo trip overseas (your instagram will look great), say yes to that boy asking you on a date (you don’t have to have a second if there’s no chemistry), say yes to jumping out of a plane (you’ll remember the experience forever)!

What’ve you done that wasn’t normal for you but turned out really great?

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