For most of my life, I’ve wondered from afar how some individuals are able to accomplish so much and connect with other people so well. They seem like they’ve got life by the horns and things fall into place flawlessly for them. At times, it has felt like I don’t have permission to do amazing things. Will I ever be considered an expert in my field? Will I ever get paid to travel the world and take in new experiences?
Will I ever get permission to live an exciting life?
Perhaps it’s my restless drive to seek adventure. Maybe it’s because I’m growing tired of the status quo. Recently, I’ve been more willing to try a new approach.
I don’t want to look back at my life with the regret that I didn’t do more, try more, or make dreams happen when I had the opportunity to.
How to Live a More Meaningful, Exciting Life
What’s the approach I’m trying? How am I learning to experience more of life and enjoy it?
By asking questions.
There’s power in the ask.
- I asked some people I follow on Instagram if they’d like to meet up when I visited Portland. We met, and they’re some awesome, friendly guys who really encouraged me.
- I asked my wife if she’s interested in renting an RV and driving across the country for a couple months. She said she’d love to, so we’re going to make that adventure happen in our future.
- I asked some creative leaders I follow on Twitter if I could grab coffee with them during my vacation near their hometown. They said yes, and I had great, challenging conversations with them regarding career, writing, and creative development.
- I’m writing a book, and I’m asking people like you to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and subscribe to my email updates. I’ve already got some responses of people who’ve read a sample chapter (get it here) and they want to read more.
You never know what might happen if you push the limits and pose a question. What’s the worst that could happen? Rejection? It’s not pleasant, but it wont stop you from living the rest of your life. What if you realize you like the risk of asking to take hold of more opportunities? What if the asking inspires you more?
To quote the crazy conference speaker in Yes Man: “You say no to life, and therefore you’re not living.”
Stop looking at the world and waiting for permission. You already have it. Try looking at the world and asking, “What will I try next?”
How are you learning to experience a more meaningful, exciting life?