Is life mundane and average? Are you looking for how to make life more interesting? You’re in luck!
I’m about to tell you how to make life wowful!
A Drive with My Kids
Several years ago when my kids were young, we were driving down a long road after a lengthy winter snow. My youngest, Evan, was upset that life wasn’t like he wanted. He talked about all the bad things in life, and I listened.
After he was done, I agreed that those things were challenging, difficult, and unfun. Then I asked him to look outside.
“See the snow out there in the fields?” I asked. “See how perfect and untouched it looks? It’s clean and uniform and simply looks beautiful.”
“Now look at the snow by the road. It’s dirty and slushy and lumpy and gross.”
“Here’s the crazy thing: when you look at the snow in the fields, it’s almost impossible to see the snow by the road. When you look at the snow on the road, it’s almost impossible to see the snow in the fields.” What I told him next was one of the keys for how to make life more interesting.
Find the Interesting
We all have things in life to gripe about. We all have things in life to be thankful for. After all, for most of us we all have things we take for granted every day – things that many in the world don’t have and that people didn’t have a few hundred years ago.
We have running water. Can you imagine going to the stream every single day and hoping the water you get isn’t filled with contaminants? We have indoor toilets and plumbing. Whenever I see a picture of a snow covered outhouse I wonder how people did it.
We have sanitation. We have good healthcare. I can’t even imagine how it was, not that long ago, where doctors didn’t scrub their hands and they operated without gloves or washing.
You can look at any king, queen, prince, or princess 100 years ago, and you live better than them. They couldn’t browse the web, sit in a room that was evenly warmed, drive a car, travel across the world in a day, or do most of the things we take for granted… even the poorest of us.
These are the types of things I told my kids that day; if you’re looking for how to make life more interesting, start by appreciating what you have that’s already interesting. Then, create something interesting.
Create the Interesting
We all have the ability to create. Sometimes we may feel we aren’t that skilled, but skill is something you create, not something you’re born with.
You can create with music, with art, with words, with persuasion. There is a world out there to learn from and a world out there ready to create for you. Whether you want to learn skills to make things yourself or have have big picture plans to create something more grand like websites, products, or businesses, there are all kinds of tools at your disposal, like Fiverr and Upwork.
What appeals to you? What inspires you? If you’re looking for how to make life interesting, then create something that interests you.
Share the Interesting
Whether you find what’s interesting in the world or you create it yourself, share it with others. You can share it in person, on social media, or create your own blog and share it there.
If you’re looking for how to make life more interesting, I t’s all in what you discover, create, and share. Interesting is out there to find; you just need to look for it. It’s also inside you ready to get out; you just have to create it. Once you have it, share it with others; make life more interesting for them as well.
When I took that long winter drive with my kids, I showed them that life has it’s drawbacks and it has things that amaze us. Just like the snow, both the dirty snow and the pristine wonderland stretched for miles and miles and miles. We could have spent the entire ride looking at either.
Life is full of interesting things to discover, create, and share – more than we can enjoy in a lifetime. It’s up to you where you want to look.