Working on your bucket list? Maybe it’s time to expand your horizons and toss in a few unconventional items. Whether this means tapping into your spiritual side and investigating new faith traditions and denominations, or heading to the West End for a night at the theater, your activities are only limited by your imagination.
A trip to Music City
Ever wondered about the vast history of the music scene in Nashville, TN? It seems like every night there’s a different performer. So many in fact that it’s likely you’d never be able to see them all! If it’s your very first time in Nashville and you want to go somewhere with a rocking crowd, you’ll have no trouble finding some music lovers and specialists in the heart of this United States hotspot.
Find your spiritual side
Have you ever read the Common English Bible? What about a new translation of the Old Testament and New Testament? Maybe you’re looking for a natural reading experience that appeals more to a broad audience of bible readers. No matter your level of familiarity, digging more into your spirituality can be a rewarding item to have on your list. Whether you’re looking for an update of an existing translation, something that works better for broad scholarship and bible study, or a New International Version put together by denominational publishers and translators, bible translation has a fascinating history that often stems from the work of a diverse team.
Check out the West End
So, you’ve likely heard of Broadway. But for those who are unfamiliar, the West End is much like London’s theatrical equivalent. From musicals to improv to a good, old-fashioned play, there’s plenty to see in the West End. Even West End tickets can be found for a steal. And hey, musicals aren’t just for the theater kids. Even musicals like the Book of Mormon often have uncommon relevance to a broad range of people. If you think Hamlet is just a modern English translation of ancient words give it a try. You just might like it.
Say “yes” to your local community
Want to join a reading group and make new friends? Go for it! Want to find a kindred soul interested in church worship? Keep your eyes peeled. Want to work with the local Latino communities on projects that celebrate heritage? Ask around as long as you’re staying at a comfortable level. Getting involved in your local goings-on is an excellent way to meet new people and explore new passions.
Consider a personal study course
Be your own teacher. From learning about the profession of sign language interpreters to the Pilgrim Press to learning the origins of the word “Apocrypha,” you never know what you might find in a passage of an old textbook. Just make sure it’s at an easy readability level. Nothing slows down learning like getting stuck on an unfamiliar phrase. Plus, if you’re learning a foreign language, you’ll want an excellent translation of your materials so you don’t accidentally offend someone.
By now, you’ve probably heard everything on the planet about getting in better shape. Last year alone saw an influx of healthy meal kit services and a bigger push for getting more exercise. So, instead of “starting tomorrow,” get out and do something active! Even a short walk can do wonders for your mood and help reduce stress.
Create a food bucket list
If you’re a total food worshipper, this one’s for you. Pick out a handful of “must-dine” restaurants and work through your list. It’s a great way to get out while still celebrating your love of grub.
Try a new hobby
Take a piano lesson. Read the entire history of the United Church of Christ. Practice writing phrases in calligraphy. You never know what you might discover yourself to be good at.
Ultimately, when it comes to things you should try in your life, the best thing to keep in mind is simply to do activities that make you happy. After all, happiness is the goal, right?