It’s the time to learn, make mistakes and discover whom you really are. Besides busting my booty in the career field, I had an enriching and fulfilling decade. I lived abroad four times. I dove deep into spirituality and lived out some of my wildest dreams.
Whether peaceful or adventurous, every journey affected my personal growth. With no regrets, these are the 20 most epic adventures I experienced in my twenties.
I studied Yoga in India – There’s not much one can say besides studying yoga from the source was one of the most prolific experiences for a 22 year old. Although young, I became wise to understand certain things about life. Now in my 30’s, I REALLY understand my yoga training. Experience and knowledge is key in this unpredictable world.
I backpacked as a solo female – From Australia to India to Thailand, I did most of my traveling alone. Yes, I am very extroverted, but also introverted. For me, traveling was a part of my personal growth, and I needed to do many of these things alone.
I studied abroad well actually surfed in Australia – Studying abroad was one of the most freeing life experiences. I spent much time learning how to surf and well, surfing taught me a lot. I realized that no matter how many times the wave knocks you off your board, you gotta get back up and try again. How symbolic to life? You can read more here!
I hiked the Ben Lomond Trail in New Zealand – Alone with my thoughts; I plunged up the steep trail to master one of my dreams. Looking over Queenstown, I felt as if I conquered the world. The intense trail pushed me at the time when my minded needed to believe in myself. Standing solo with a few sheep, I never felt so alive and comforted in my life.
I lived in a yoga ashram in Australia – Yet another one of my quirky spiritual experiences; I engulfed myself in spirituality and purity while living in an ashram. At 23, it was weird to see the outside world as an illusion. All the drama and bullshit that goes with being young just didn’t matter anymore. While living at the ashram, a friend from highschool and college died in a car accident. I became more appreciative for life and respected whatever guided us, as they decide when we come and go.
I went to the Full Moon Party in Thailand while detoxing – The full moon in Koh Phangan is an epic party for twenty-year olds. I ended my detox the same night as the full moon. Sipping on water and eating pineapple, experiencing the party post shitting your brains out gives you a different perspective about life and drugs. Mostly Europeans, many tourists were drunk and/or high. I found the experience to be spiritual to know that my mind and the universe are connected always (without the enhancement of drugs).
I quit a really well progressed career to move to Hannover, Germany and ate a lot of cake – I have to give credit to my husband for getting us to Germany, BUT I encouraged and supported it. Right when my career hit a peak, I quit and left. Do I regret it? Not really since I gained a different perspective about life that left me more balanced and gushing with happiness about my new-found work-life balance. Plus, Hannover was this last remaining gem of a city in the world. It’s a place where kids run and play in the fields, women walk alone at night and a city that respected arts and culture.
I bungee jumped the Nevis in New Zealand - Young and wild at twenty, if I died, I wanted to exit the world doing something epic. Why not bungee jump? Plunging toward death was insanely….peaceful. What? That’s right, I found peace amidst the most chaotic eight seconds of my life. The natural high was way better than what you get in Amsterdam.
I did the whole coffee shop thing in Amsterdam – Growing up in the Midwest, we all took DARE classes. I am not a fan of drugs because most of its usage comes from a negative place. But, when in Amsterdam, everyone goes to the coffee shops. Innocently, exploring a brownie is really not that big of a deal. When people feel the need to get high all the time (especially to function) that is the point when it loses its “specialty.” Since pot is legal in Seattle, there is a new level of drug use, which many of the privileged corporate-waged liberals are high – all the time. Amsterdam shows that when drugs are contained and come from a regulated place (and most places do not accept intolerant behavior), pot can be a positive thing.
I hiked the Napali Coast in Hawaii – The Napali Coast is a challenge that is rewarded with the best of nature. Hiking the Napali Coast featured opulent views of the ocean, cliffs, waterfalls, rainbows and everything related to the tropical life. This hike inspired me to become a dreamer and a believer that heaven on earth does exist.
I stood 10 feet away from a Black Bear catching salmon on Vancouver Island – Do I need to explain more? My body shook with fear and adrenaline as I got eye to eye with a black bear while standing in scat.
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