3 Ways to Channel Your Wild Side for the Everyday

3 Ways to Channel Your Wild Side for the Everyday

Having your wild side is not just for the young. Here’s how to channel it as an adult.

By: Karen Walrond

Remember back in the day when you were always up for anything? I know I do. Got an offer to ride a motorbike? No problem. Got another offer to ride the bike cross-country? I might not even take the time to pack a bag. But eventually, life — with all its jobs, significant others and maybe even a few children — sneaks up on you, and suddenly that whole wild side is suppressed and replaced by your more responsible persona.

And that’s a crying shame.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t be responsible — at some point, we all have to grow up. But I am suggesting that maybe you should take out that wild side for a good airing once in a while. Except this time, instead of being reckless, your older, wiser self should channel that spontaneous energy — and in doing so, let your wild side inject some awesome into your everyday life.

Here’s how:


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1. Every Day, Speak Your Mind
How often do you find yourself holding your tongue, only to regret it later? From now on, make a habit of saying what’s on your mind every day — but here’s the trick: Try to do it as kindly as possible. Notice how when expressing your thoughts in this manner, you gain more respect from others, yes, but especially from yourself.

2. Once a Month, Try Something New
Sometimes your wild side just wants you to shake up the status quo — so do it by trying something new every month. Take a sushi-making course. Host a neighbourhood picnic. Start learning a new language. You might find you’re a natural at some of the things you try — and, at the very least, by the end of 12 months, you’ll be able to say that you tried 12 new things. And that alone is worth celebrating.

3. Once a Year, Do Something That Scares You
Let’s face it: It’s classic wild-child behaviour to face a dare head-on. So at some point this year, dare yourself to do something big. This might mean bungee jumping or skydiving, but it might mean something entirely different — something quieter — like public speaking. Or ballroom dancing. Or taking a huge vacation by yourself. Whatever it is, do something that scares you just a tiny bit — because, sometimes, nothing makes you feel more alive than the smallest dose of fear.

Do these three things and let that inner wild-child roar again. Because channelling her is good for the soul.

When she isn't sharing tips on StyleUnited on how to add more awesome to your life, you can find Karen on Chookooloonks.com. She's on a mission to prove to you that your life is filled with different, unique moments of beauty, starting with her book, The Beauty of Different. Her work can be seen on Babble.com, TEDxHouston and USAToday.

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