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Many people want to ďdo somethingĒ to make their life different but they donít want to make big changes. If you are looking to expand your horizons, hereís some ideas.
1. Attend or teach classes. Most junior colleges offer 1 to 4 week courses that are reasonable in cost and donít use a lot of your time. You can learn by being a student or becoming the leader of the group (get paid for your expertise). Either way, you win.
2. Join a community group that caters to your interests. You'll gain more knowledge, meet new people, and probably influence others. You might want to try a group where you donít know that much about the topic or focus; challenges are good for you.
3. Work with the local youth through a school or social groups. Be a teacherís aide, a speaker for a particular cause thatís close to your heart, or a mentor. Mingling with younger people will help you understand them better and vice versa, especially at sporting events, fund-raisers, or groups like Scouts or 4-H.
4. Listen to different music. I am fortunate for having been exposed to a variety of musical styles so I appreciate many types. Donít get stuck in one category - the world is alive with sounds and words. Give more of them a chance to enhance your life.
5. Seniors are always appreciative of extra attention. Senior centers, retirement homes, and convalescent hospitals are grateful for help from others. Lead a sing-a-long, call Bingo, help with easy craft projects, offer to entertain, or just sit and talk. You will be rewarded with a smile, the making of new friends, and learning more about your predecessors.
6. Do you go to the same events year after year? Thatís fine; itís also okay to try out new ones. Attend the ďamateurĒ plays - some are terrific. Go to an outdoor concert. Check out another sport. Splurge on a dinner and theater show. Is there an auction nearby?
7. Change your environment periodically. Take a hike - literally. Drive somewhere different periodically; youíd be amazed and what you can find within two hours of your home. Go ahead and move the furniture or the pictures. Internally change too - let yourself daydream more often. Use visualization to escape the doldrums or routines. Get out and have some fun.
There you have it. Seven techniques to expand your horizons. You really have no excuse to ever say ďIím bored, what is there to do?Ē None take much money - many are free. You donít have to devote a lot of time to any of them. Use your imagination and come up with more. Enjoy your life and bring pleasure to others while you do so.
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