30 things to do to feel more alive

Don't be afraid to take a little risk in life. It's totally worth it in the end.

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  • When life gets busy, it's easy to fall into a routine. When repeatedly working through this routine, life tends to get away from you. Before you've realized it, weeks, months and perhaps years have passed and you feel like you haven't done anything with your life.

  • Instead of facing more years of regret, start doing something now. The time to change isn't tomorrow. The time to change is now. Start today by doing any of these 30 things and you'll definitely feel much more alive.

  • 1. Write a book

  • If you've got a story inside you begging to be written, best to start writing it down now. It doesn't even have to be published or seen by anyone else. Write for you and you alone.

  • 2. Go somewhere you've never been before

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  • Be it local or thousands of miles away, go somewhere you've never been before. You never know what surprises or adventures await you.

  • 3. Visit family and friends you haven't seen in a while

  • Catch up with your family and friends. Visiting them (especially your parents and grandparents) means more to them than you'll ever know.

  • 4. Photograph the world you see around you

  • Good place, good music, good people.🌿

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  • Buy a camera and start taking pictures. You'll start seeing things from an entirely new perspective. It will open your mind to the beauty of the world and all the people who live in it.

  • 5. Go to a concert for your favorite band or artist

  • There's nothing like hearing your favorite music live. The energy in the room alone is enough to make you feel alive.

  • 6. Write and mail a handwritten letter to someone

  • With instant communication with email and text, taketime to sit and write a heartfelt letter to someone and drop it in the mail.

  • 7. Hike to the top of a mountain

  • Happy 'merica day! // #nx1 #imagelogger

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  • The view is so much better from the top.

  • 8. Run a marathon

  • Last weekend before Boston be like... #boston2016 #bostonmarathon #runbold

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  • There's nothing like training for a marathon. And once you cross that finish line, the feeling is exhilarating.

  • 9. Start a new hobby

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  • You don't have to be the master of anything, but starting something new that interests you is sure to make you feel much more alive.

  • 10. Go on a date with your spouse

  • If it's been a long time since you've been out together, go do something fun. A night on the town is sure to spice up your life.

  • 11. Spend one-on-one time with your kids

  • Get to know them a little better and show your love with a little one-on-one time with your kids. These moments are for making memories that they will have for the rest of their lives.

  • 12. Get a passport

  • London ✈️ #London #Passport

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  • If you have a passport, you have an excuse to travel and are much more likely to go somewhere amazing.

  • 13. Travel somewhere you've always wanted to go

  • Hello Paris ! Bonjour la France ! 🇫🇷

    A photo posted by Beboy Photography (@beboy_photography) on

  • With a passport in hand, and a bit of saved money, you could go anywhere you've always dreamed of visiting.

  • 14. Go to the gym

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  • Working out gets your adrenaline pumping and makes you healthier than you've ever been before.

  • 15. Wake up earlier

  • Sunrise with my lil love bug. Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

    A photo posted by Bethany Hamilton (@bethanyhamilton) on

  • You never know what kind of sunrises you're missing out on until you see one with your own eyes.

  • 16. Write a song

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  • If you're musically gifted, write down all of those feelings in a song. No one even has to hear it, it can be just for you.

  • 17. Make time for your dreams

  • Accomplishing your dreams may seem impossible. But if you start now, little by little, you'll overcome the impossible and accomplish your dreams.

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  • 18. Go skydiving

  • You'll feel like you're flying. If you're an adrenaline junkie or willing to take a risk and do something you've never done before, try this.

  • 19. Ride a rollercoaster

  • Some people love them, some people hate them, but rollercoasters are sure to give you the rush you need to make you feel alive.

  • 20. Be passionate about your work

  • Find something you love to do and do it every day.

  • 20.5 If not, quit your job

  • Find something new that will make you happier.

  • 21. Do charity or service for someone in need

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  • Helping someone in need will give you purpose in life. Knowing that you did something (whether big or small) to help another life means more than you know.

  • 22. Make something with your own two hands

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  • There's nothing like seeing the finished work and knowing that you made it yourself.

  • 23. Learn to do something new

  • Be it learning to ride a bike or how to surf, learn to do something you've never done before but always wanted to.

  • 24. Go back to school and get a degree

  • So many happy faces on campus for graduation. Congrats to the class of 2016. #UtahGrad16

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  • If you never finished school or have always wanted to go back for a Masters or another Bachelor's, don't hesitate. Furthering your education will only help you in your career.

  • 25. Dance in the rain

  • Nothing is more exciting than dancing in a rainstorm. Even if you get soaked, you can't help but feel refreshed.

  • 26. Go for long walks with someone you love

  • Get a breath of fresh air and spend it with someone you love. You'll see more of your neighborhood while having time to think and talk.

  • 27. Adopt a dog or cat

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  • If you can, adopt a cat or dog who will love you unconditionally for all their lives.

  • 28. Dress fabulously

  • Dress for yourself. Don't be afraid to dress up all the time and look your absolute best. You'll feel more confident and people will notice.

  • 29. Give someone a compliment (daily)

  • Their smile alone will be worth it and brighten your entire day.

  • 30. Live positively

  • Things may not always go the way you planned, but having a positive attitude about it will influence all those around you.

  • While some of these things may not seem possible, don't be afraid to take a little risk to do something that could possibly change your life forever. It will only make you feel more alive.

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Callie has two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Communication and when she isn’t writing, she’s reading. Some of her favorite things include Harry Potter, all things Disney, road trips, and telling stories.

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