How to Get Out of a Rut: 7 Fun and Creative Activities For Anyone Lost in Life
You know the feeling. One day you’re minding your own business when BAM! it hits you.
You don’t know who you are or what you’re doing with your life.
I know, I know, we wasted no time jumping right into the good stuff, huh! When you’re in a rut, it feels like waking up everyday with a giant elephant of regret sitting directly on your sternum. If you’re anything like me, you find yourself wondering how you got where you are right now, you feel like you’re falling behind in life, and you compare yourself to your friends (and random strangers) on Instagram.
In fact, my alarm used to go off everyday and I’d feel a bit like my good old friend Leslie Knope down there.
Look, friend, I wish I could solve this dilemma for you. I wish I could give you some strengths finder quiz, spit out your dream career path, and give you the ABC roadmap to your destiny (wouldn’t that be nice!), but I can’t. And truthfully, I that would take the fun out of this journey! Right now, you might feel like the kid at the deep end of the pool. You WANT to jump in, but all of those scary “what if” scenarios keep playing in your head. I’ll happily push your butt in, but it’s on YOU to swim to the other side! Take it one step further, it’s on you to embrace that first doggy paddle and learn to love the process.
Idk if that analogy works, but in my head it’s a good one.
But I digress…here’s the actual reason I’m writing this article. Sometimes all of this “live your best life” and “find your purpose” stuff feels..well…a bit…serious. Like everyone gets so stoic and wants to sit cross-legged on a meditation pillow when we talk about destiny and purpose and finding your calling.
Albert Einstein is probably one of the smartest and the most inspiring people to ever live (behind my main man Jesus of course) and he said something that has always stuck with me.
You cannot solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew. ~ Albert Einstein.
Your problem = A rut. Maybe it’s your career path, what you’re meant to do with your life, how to get there, #adultingingeneral. So to solve THAT problem, you need to start seeing the world with a fresh pair of eyes!
Sometimes the greatest way to “find your purpose” is to stop thinking about it and simply to have fun!
So without further adieu, here are 7 fun and creative ways to get out of a rut (+ who knows…maybe you’ll “find yourself” in the process)
- Go to the grocery store and buy the weirdest looking piece of produce you’ve ever seen. Thanks to the magic of Google, the world is your oyster in terms of options to cook this baby up! Invite some friends over, make it a party, or just enjoy the process by yourself. This should be F U N so don’t get too serious!
- Plan a weekend scavenger hunt for a friend. It could be around the house or out in public, but have a series of “clues” written down for him/her to follow! Take photos, Insta it if you want, but just enjoy the day.
- Take a Skillshare or Groupon class. There’s anything and everything from Latte Art 101 to Underwater Basket Weaving…all for under $20! Pick a class you’re interested in and go to town.
- Become a tourist in your own city. I’ve found that 99.9% of my friends haven’t fully explored the cities they live in. They dream of travel and are displaying some definite wanderlust vibes, and yet they forget how fun it can be exploring the home around you! Pick a day, do something fun, you’ll be glad you did.
- Leave anonymous sticky notes on cars. I LOVE doing this…there’s nothing more fun than being a kindness or positivity ninja with those notes. I like to watch people (in a totally non-creepy way) and leave a note if something sticks out to me. Maybe there was a mom who was really kind to her kiddos, a girl with killer shoes, or a cute stranger walking his dog. Leave a note! (And your number if they’re cute and you’re single! Haha)
- Plan a bizarre dinner party. My personal favorite (yes, I’ve done this) was when we made our friends all bring a dish and invent a cocktail (no Pinterest recipes allowed!). It was so fun to try everyone’s concoctions and enjoy each other’s company! Other ideas are to bring a new friend, wear a costume, or give everyone a county to try to cook from parties.
- Give back, give back, give back. Volunteer your time with a cause you love because I BET it’ll help you be grateful for what you do have while helping you out of that rut you’re in.
At the end of the day, I want you to have fun. Be brave, try a new thing, and don’t put so much pressure on yourself to have it all figured out. Life often doesn’t plan out exactly how we thought it would anyway, so learning to take your hands off the wheel and let God guide your journey will actually help you enjoy the process that much more.
You’ve got this and, in case you missed it, check out our Unleash Your Potential course if you’re ready to kick your life into high gear!