3 Sep 2019
Wild Adventures To Have Before Turning 40
Sliding out of your thirties and into the next decade doesn’t have to be ill-omened. There are, in fact, many brilliant benefits of getting older.
You’ll find that, in many contexts, you’ll make decisions based on what you want to do, not what you should do; you’ll be more secure with your body and your abilities, and be more curious to try new things physically; you’ll learn how to tame your inner critic, the one that nags and cautions that you’re not good, smart or strong enough; you’ll learn to appreciate your resiliency and ability to bounce back after hardships; toxic people in your life will get the boot; and you’ll be more willing to invest in self-care.
If you find yourself yearning for a new adventure, whether to celebrate an approaching decade or to check off a bucket-list item, consider one of these experiences.
Run a Half or Full Marathon
One thing you’ll notice in your forties is that your body changes and performs differently than it did in your earlier years. Muscles ache, backs and knees get sore and stamina can be a challenge. The journey you’ll go on, training for an endurance race, is full of ups and downs as you push your body into new milestones. You’ll have good runs, where you feel proud of what you’ve accomplished, and you’ll have bad outings where you question your resolve. It’s a beautiful thing to start off only being able to slog a few miles and then end by crossing the finish line, arms in the air, after running 13. 1 or 26.2 miles.
Caution: the running bug might bite and you may end up traveling all over the country to earn new race medals.
Learn How to Surf in Bali
If you’ve never been on a board, out in the ocean, it may be time to give it a go. The best way to learn something new is through great instruction, which is slow and patient and willing to help you overcome any fears. Plus, if you have support of peers, people who are also learning how to do something new, you’ll have the added benefit of comedic camaraderie. Falling off your board is much more enjoyable when others around you are doing the same.
Goddess Retreats in Bali, Indonesia brings women from all over the globe together to fully immerse in beginner-level surf lessons. You’ll go out each day to practice surfing and when you return to the Goddess Sanctuary, you’ll enjoy a wholesome colorful meal, pool time, yoga and daily spa treatments. Most of the women who attend are solo travelers, so you’ll meet new friends and bond over a shared experience. Also, one day is reserved for cultural engagement—you can explore the island on a bicycle tour that winds through villages, learn about the Indonesian art of Batik printing, learn how to cook Indonesian specialties or go to a Balinese market.
If you’ve seen viral videos of Will Smith, Maisie Williams, Liam Hemsworth or Tom Cruise jumping out of a perfectly good airplane and thought that you might like to try skydiving too, then now is the time to go for it.
Flying tandem takes the edge off a bit, but to ease any apprehension, here are some tips for the big rad day: read up on the drop zone and confirm that it’s an affiliate of the United States Parachute Association, make sure you’re medically fit to handle the rush, eat a moderate breakfast beforehand, wear comfortable tight-fitting clothes and breathe.
Read the full article by Wendy Altschuler here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/wendyaltschuler/2019/08/30/wild-adventures-to-have-before-turning-40