Part of exploring your surroundings means also exploring your own fears and limitations. Whether you've lived in a city for a long time or have just recently moved to the area, pushing yourself to try a new and fun activity will not only show you a side of your city you've never seen before — it'll show you a new and fresh side to yourself. Here are some ideas to think about.
The trick is to choose something you've always been curious about trying but been a little too scared to take the leap — not something you have zero interest in ever trying (like I have no urge to skydive ever, but have actually wanted to learn how to salsa).
This is a great way to reconnect with past interests that you've forgotten or neglected. Used to paint when you were a kid? Enroll in some painting classes! Used to love ballet? Find an exercise class that uses ballet moves. The point is to push yourself a bit — and find a sense of pride after you take that leap!
Want to increase your chances of actually taking a chance? Do these things first:
Gather all the information
Knowing as much info as possible — like how early to show up to your event or class and what to bring — will help cut down on the nerves.
Knowing that you've already plopped down dough for a class or activity will make you more likely to show up.
Drag along a buddy
A friend by your side might make finally taking that yoga class a little less scary!
Brag about it beforehand (publicly)
Then you've got to do it, if you've Facebooked about it!
Below is a list of ideas just to get you started — we'd love to hear in the comments below your favorite activities in your city that are worth joining in.
Nothing will break you out of your comfort zone faster than learning how to salsa. And getting a move on things is always a way to have fun and forget that you were essentially terrified to join up.
Try that Pilates/spin/yoga class
Go see a movie or eat out at a restaurant by yourself
Learn how to do something with your hands
Finally learn how to use that sewing machine that's been gathering dust on a shelf in your closet by taking some classes! Or join an informal knitting group at a coffee shop to finally make a sweater. Go to your local hardware store and learn how to fix something around your home.
Join a meet-up group
Don't forget about volunteer opportunities
Always wanted to learn how to do something or try something but they don't teach classes in your area? Look for volunteer or apprentice opportunities. Just offer to do the work for free to learn — from being a pastry chef to gardening, if there's something you've always wanted to know more about, do it! And use your beautiful city as the backdrop.
So how do you get out of your comfort zone in your city? What brave or fun activities have you tried that are now one of your favorite things to do? Let us know in the comments below!