We all keep sufficiently busy in our lives - academics, work, chasing deadlines et all, but somewhere in the middle of all that hullabaloo, we forget ourselves, our sensibilities and interests. But we are gifted with this one special, unique life where we need to find the opportunity to enjoy the things that inspire and motivate and yes, entertain us. Here are 10 things every twenty-something needs to take time out for!
1. Pursue your love for wanderlust
If skydiving, bungee jumping, river rafting is on your bucket list, if you want to see the sunset from a cottage in the Himalayas or the majestic Eiffel Tower, now is a good time as any to take off and let go!
2. Know what’s happening!
Be updated with the news guys - remain abreast with what is taking place in the world around you. If reading the newspaper in the morning is not feasible, browse through it on your online news feed, while you are travelling for work.
3. Binge watch with pride
Is there a critically-acclaimed show or film you have forever wanted to watch but never actually got around to doing it? Well, dive right in! We’d recommend the YouTube channel, UC Talk Show, where internet celebrities try and read the news in dire situations. A recent episode will feature actor Jitendra Kumar attempting to explain five news headlines to school kids (via the game of pictionary) after doing four shots of Absinthe. What can be more entertaining than that?
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4. Keep up with the reading
Again, if you are an avid reader, there is really no excuse to not pursue it. To motivate yourself, set a challenge to read a particular number of books in a span of a few months. You could also start a weekend book club with your friends to further encourage your reading habits.
5. Werk it out!
Find a way to burn the calories you consume. If you are unable to sign up for a gym membership, make small fundamental changes to keep healthy. Eat better, walk as much as possible and take the stairs instead of the lift or the escalator!
6. Health checkup
Try and schedule at least one physical health examination with your doctor. This could include a height and weight check, a blood pressure screening, a clinical breast exam, and any blood tests (for blood sugar, blood count, hormone levels etc) your doctor may deem necessary.
7. Family time
Just as we find the much-needed time to be with our friends, we need to be able to do the same for our family as well… especially our parents. Because they have always been there for us, come what may.
This might not be one of the things at the top of your mind that you should possibly devote your time and attention to. But the satisfaction of giving back to the society - whether it is by visiting a dog shelter, an old age home, or volunteer as a weekend teacher at a low-income school nearby - will remain unmatched.
9. Unique hobbies
If you have forever wanted to grow vegetables in your backyard, learn pottery or a new language like French, it should find its way into your to-do list for sure!
10. Alone time
After you're done pursuing the activities that you love doing, come home to the quietude of your home and your room and revel in that sense of peace and calm. Find yourself once again in the privacy of this little place you have made for yourself. *This post is in partnership with UC News.