We shall not cease from explorationFrom Little Gidding by T.S. Eliot
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
Open your eyes to new experiences. Sometimes this may mean travelling away from what you find safe and familiar in search of something you’ve never done before. Why not create a bucket list – a list of things you want to do before you die. If you don’t already have one in writing, it’s really worth doing because it will give you loads of ideas for things you can have a go at. And who knows how that might inspire you?
Here’s a list of things that might make it to your bucket list – cross out the ones that don’t apply, and add ones not on the list:
- Read a book.
- Go to the theatre.
- Watch a film.
- Be a tourist in your own town or city.
- Visit a museum.
- Ride the buses for a day in your own area.
- Take a touring holiday by car / caravan / campervan – perhaps a road trip across the country.
- Take a city break .
- Take a beach holiday.
- Take a bus / train trip somewhere random.
- Bungee jump.
- Swim with dolphins.
- Balloon ride.
- Take a helicopter flying lesson.
- Cycle to London, or Edinburgh, or somewhere else.
- Run a marathon or enter a fun run.
- Learn a language.
- Learn a new recipe.
- Take a course.
However, here’s a word of warning, such lists should not be seen simply as things to do for the sake of it. If you are seeking inspiration or ideas for a project, then you need to apply your experiences to those ideas.
This should not be treated purely as a hedonistic exercise, or a competition to out-do other people, but it should be a thoughtful way of exploring a new experience and applying what you feel, see, hear, and sense. Don’t then keep the experience to yourself. Share it in some way and then it’s been a genuinely inspirational activity.
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This creativity tip comes from Build Your Own Idea Factory: 68 ways to boost your creativity and get inspired by David Norrington