Live life with a little spice

“Variety’s the spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” – William Cowper

About a year ago, this article changed my life.

Working for a company like Bucketlist can sometimes have its challenges mainly  because you’re inundated with a constant reminder that the end is inevitable. However I’ve learned to take this as the ultimate blessing in disguise – even when I have to verbally remind myself of the privileged position I’m in – because through a random sequence of events, I am here, working for an amazing company that encourages myself and thousands of people around the world to live life. It’s all about living, and in the end, like that fatally poignant article suggests, people don’t remember the hate, or the daily grind. 

[Tweet “In the end what’s important is clear, it’s about living your dreams with the people you love.  “]

I really believe that finding your happiness lies in experiences. I always find that the most interesting people tend to have lived experience rich lives. And why do I think that is… Well, it is in our nature to value experiences instead of possessions. At least for me, I can – for the most part – listen to someone discussing their travels or new skill they’ve acquired for seemingly hours. However, it really makes my irritation levels grow when you’re trapped in a conversation purely based on showcasing new/coveted material possessions.

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And its been proven that the average human is – in fact – more happy with experiences than possessions… and here’s the kicker. Even bad experiences fair better than bad purchases because even a bad experience turns into an incredible story – most times. How often do you look back on your younger years and giggle at what used to seem like the end of the world? I was not a graceful swan as a tween/teen. in fact I was more like a giraffe straight from the womb – I meant well, but I was as awkward and clumsy as could be.

And I just remember as clear as yesterday stressing out about ‘grad’ which essentially is like a Canadian prom. And the biggest drama of dramas happened, when I went to get my hair professionally done for the big day. I ended up looking like a mix between Shirley Temple and Miss Piggy with the tightest of ringlets hanging from my head. Let’s just say I didn’t like it.

I remember thinking that this was the end of the world, but as sh*tty as it was at the time, there are some funny photos before I managed to tame the beast.

[Tweet “Happiness is experience”]

What I want to get across is to take experiences seriously in your life. What makes you happy – like sun shinning from your heart happy? Pursue that. Time is the most precious commodity, and even if these experiences go wrong, chances are it will increase your overall well-being in the end. And to paraphrase the greatest girl-group of my generation:

How are you going to spice up your life? 

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Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for Bucketlist.org. She is passionate about all things travel, culture and sports, and is excited to start knocking off some of her bucket list dreams in the near future. Connect with Sara by emailing sara@bucketlist.org or linkedin.com/in/sararuthnum. Check out Sara's bucket list here http://bucketlist.org/list/sara.ruthnum/