Here are 15 things taken from Nonhle’s blog (link above), that I believe and agree, are to be done at least once in your life.
1. Live in a different country on another continent. Living away from home makes you grow in ways you could never imagine. Be an au pair, do an exchange student’s program, or find a job in a foreign country for a year. This will be the most life-changing experience of your life.
2. Take yourself out, alone, to an upmarket restaurant where you need to reserve a table weeks in advance. Dress up and order the best meal on the menu. Enjoy.
3. Go on holiday, alone, to a city where you have no family or friends. There is something really interesting about vacationing alone. You can do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it, for as long as you want to do it, without having to consider anyone else. People also tend to be very friendly to you when you’re traveling alone. It’s a great way to meet new people and make friends from different countries and cultures.
4. Buy roses at the traffic light and tell the guy selling them to give it to the person in the car behind you.
5. Write a message, put it in a bottle and throw it in the sea.
6. Send a handwritten letter to your lover via the post office. Yes, yes, snail mail.
7. Find an underprivileged child and buy them the whole year’s school stationary. Make it personal by meeting the child and taking them shopping for the school supplies. If you can afford it, buy them new school uniform as well.
8. Test drive a sports car you can’t afford…yet. On a Friday afternoon, go test drive a car you one day hope to own.
9. Go to an expensive open house. On a Sunday afternoon, go view a house you can’t afford…yet, but one day hope to own.
10. Mentor someone. Commit to changing someone’s life. It could be a school kid who aspires to do what you do, or a young person trying to find their way, or someone who’s simply trying to change their life. Changing someone’s life will change your life.
11. You know how people buy people drinks at a club or a bar? Go to a bookstore, meet someone interesting, and buy them one of your favourite books. Write your number in it and tell them to call you when they’ve read the book.
12. Find a childhood friend whom you haven’t seen in years and reconnect with them.
13. Everyday, pay a total stranger a compliment.
14. Learn something new. Perhaps a foreign language, how to play a music instrument, how to play chess, or anything you’ve always been curious about.
15. Start a library for your family. Buy books and keep them for your children to read as they grow older. Challenge them to add to the collection and eventually hand down the library to their children. Make this a family tradition for generations to come.