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15 people share something that everyone should experience at least once in their life.

15 people share something that everyone should experience at least once in their life.


Making a bucket list can be a lot of pressure. After all, how are we supposed to know what life-changing activities we need to include if we haven't done them yet?

Luckily, other people are eager to share their experiential wisdom, so we can take notes and prioritize accordingly.

In a popular Ask Reddit thread, people shared things everyone should experience at least once in their life.

Of course, some are easier to schedule and control, while others are more 'by chance.'

1. From finch231:

Contentment and security. Not necessarily full happiness, but satisfaction in your own life, and safety within it. Something that a great many of us don't actually have.

2. From Infinite_Jets:

Being in love with someone who loves you back.

3. From winingdining69ing:

I have two. One is seeing a starry night sky, no clouds, no light pollution, just a beautiful night sky. Or better yet, the northern lights. Second is seeing the view from a mountain peak.

People always talk about how ugly the world is, but I think these two things really remind you of how beautiful earth is too.

4. From Magillacudi:

The sound of it snowing. I laid on the ground, in the snow at night in the Alaskan wilderness, in December, it's so peaceful ❄️

5. From Sauerteig:

So many things. For me, I would once like to see the stars without light pollution, if I can someday afford to go to one of those places on Earth! I'm getting old so odds are not good :(

6. From Draft-Sufficient:

Everyone should experience the joys of traveling to a foreign land at least once in their lifetime, even if it's just to realize how much they love their own toilet.

Imagine discovering new cultures, cuisines, and the thrill of trying to communicate with locals using just charades and a phrasebook.

Trust me, it's a life-changing experience that'll give you a new appreciation for your home and a killer accent to boot.

7. From ScienceJake:

Witnessing a total solar eclipse. Totally life changing. Even having a full understanding of what is happening, I totally get how people over the millennia would find this to be an omen from the gods.

8. From -Neutrality-:

Even if it's only for a short period of time: full financial independence, while being single. You can pay your own bills, you have your own place, and you have full freedom over your free time.

Whether it's staying in and binge-watching Netflix, or going out and sitting amongst strangers. Your time is your own. No kids. No spouse or significant other. I find this is when you really get to know and understand yourself.

9. From frunxio71:

Gratitude for being alive. And I don't mean it like after a near-death experience. I'm talking about the epiphany you get doing the simplest task or after a bad day.

The sudden realization of being alive and being able to feel however you're feeling at the moment is something everyone should experience and be grateful for.

10. From MikaRey1138:

Moving away from your hometown, even if it is for a year.

11. From worldwanderer8819:

Reading a book so good you can't fall asleep without reading a new chapter, and to feel slightly sad when you finish it.

12. From lactose_farts:

On road trips through the Midwest, I play a game called Transition. It’s where we try to find a cow “in transition” which means the cow is either getting up or sitting down. Think about it. You always see cows sitting or standing.

Have you ever seen a cow get up or sit down? Now go and have “fun” with that, Reddit.

13. From fourthsword13:

As an American, an extended stay in a foreign country. Being stationed in Europe for several years was mind-blowing.

You really cannot grasp the completely sheltered, ethno-centric bubble that we Americans live in until you are able to spend some extended time outside of it.

Also, as an American it is difficult to grasp how truly ancient Europe is, and similarly, I noticed that non-Americans have difficulty grasping how truly enormous America is.

Hunting, fishing, gardening, gathering, whatever it takes to supply yourself with a food source, independently, for at least a few days. It really opens your eyes to the time and labor required to feed one person, let alone billions.

It also makes you acutely aware of the delicate balance we live each day with food supplies. Experiencing a major sporting event in person. For me, the most important memorable ones were football, both European and American.

I was fortunate enough to experience the World Cup in Germany and have been to several NFL games in the U.S. It is incredible to be in a massive arena with 80,000 other humans, feeling the energy, feeling the ground shake.

It gives you a bit of insight to what it must have been like in the Roman heydays of the Coliseum. It also helps you to grasp the enormity of a natural disaster, when you see what such a large number of people actually looks like.

I could go on for days, lol

14. From mehtapieman:

Being well and absolutely disconnected. No phones, no GPS. I last had that experience in the early 90s. Being somewhere with someone you trust and the two of you are the only people who know where you are and what you are doing.

15. From itsfish20: sucks and is one of the absolute worst feelings you can imagine but it helps if you experience that younger in life rather than at say 60 because it helps you grow as a person!

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