Philosophers and prophets have often claimed to hold the secrets of a long, healthy life. While this list should not exceed any of the classic goals you’ve set for yourself (i.e. get an education, settle down, find a job), simply think of them as bonuses that will help to round out your existence as a man.
16 Life-Changing Things Every Man Must Do at Least Once:
1. Own a dog.
It will force you to care about something other than yourself. It’s one of the rarest and most unique bonds any man could ever experience.
2. Live alone.
When you live alone you realize what is and what is not important in your life. You become more self-reliant and self-aware.
3. Fall in love.
It doesn’t matter if you fall in love with a person, a place or an object, but fall in love. Do it a lot and do it without fear.
4. Have your heart broken.
Having this done sucks but things do get better. It will take a long time. Just remember to keep your head high.
5. Live in a foreign country.
Go out and discover your true self. Set off on a new path in an unknown, strange land where nobody knows you. Do it while you still can.
6. Spend time volunteering.
Just make sure the charity or organization you pick is worthy of your time.
7. Don’t be afraid to fail.
Fail at least once. Let yourself be open to errors. Be vulnerable and learn from it.
8. Survive a near-death experience.
Do something that scares the shit out of you, reminds you that you’re still alive and that your life is worth something.
9. Experience death.
Grief is something we’ll all need to go through at least once in our lives. It shows you how strong you really are.
10. Get completely in touch with nature.
Go out and witness the beauty of the nature while there are still truly wild portions of it left. Try and do it in places that have no traces of technology or urban life.
11. Do what you love, don’t love what you do.
Don’t be afraid to go after your dream job. If you feel you are worth it, ask for a raise.
12. Be the best at what you do.
Every man is average at most things. So at least once in your life, do whatever it takes to be the best at something.
13. Conquer your fear.
Every day try and do at least one thing that scares you. Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.
14. Take a road trip with your best friend(s).
It’s a simple challenge. Jump in your car and set out on a life-altering adventure. If nothing else they can help chip in on gas.
15. Travel by yourself.
Take at least one major trip alone. What better way to discover a new side to your personality that by without any company.
16. Understand what true happiness is.
Feel really, truly happy. Maybe that experience is alone or with someone else. Be happy and don’t over analyze it. Relish it.
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