Experiences You Should Never Say No To

I see a lot of these lists: 60 things to do before you die or 1001 places to see while you are alive and breathing or 101 most beautiful places on Earth. I thought I'd toss my hat in the ring and make such a list, too.

Well, a similar list anyway. This is a list of the types of experiences you should never say no to.

  1. Always attend weddings whenever invited. Yes, it's expensive (purchasing a gift, travel expenses, hotel, etc.) and yes sometimes logistics can be complicated. But every opportunity to celebrate love should be taken advantage of. Moments of pure joy and love are rare in our everyday lives. We get stuck in the daily grind. We must remind ourselves that love is real and should be celebrated.
  2. In the same token, if asked, always attend funerals. It is a heavy chore, but the deceased deserve our respect as do those who are grieving. 
  3. Learn how people in other countries and other companies work. If given the possibility, visit them - work from a corporate partner's office, a colleague's, a customer's, a supplier's, anywhere. Spend a week in someone else's office somewhere else. We all get stuck in our own habits, in our own worlds, in our own ways. Shaking things up with a visit to another office can teach you valuable new skills and how your own work habits can be improved.
  4. Family. Spend time with them as much as possible. If you can't see them, call them. Call your grandparents. Call your parents.
  5. Dancing should always be chosen over sleep.
  6. Dance every day, even if it's just in your living room.
  7. Talking and connecting with people in person should always be chosen over sleep.
  8. Watch the news from various sources, then make your own opinions.
  9. Meditate.
  10. Make time to talk with children, about their dreams, about the way they see the world. It's good medicine for cynicism.
  11. Don't settle for less than you deserve.
  12. Don't settle for doing less than your best.
  13. Don't worry about doing what you love. It will always seem strange to other people, after all, they love other things.
  14. Travel. Often. Culture shock is good medicine.
  15. Maps are not always useful. Sometimes in getting lost you find more than you imagined.
  16. Live abroad once.
  17. Write your own list. Follow through on it.

This list is a work in progress. Maybe by the time I'm 90, if given the chance, I'll finish it.