“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.”

– Mewtwo (Pokemon)

On your first day of school, the teacher asks everyone to introduce themselves with an interesting fact. Inevitably, there are people that either take an extremely long time thinking of something to say or they say that there is nothing interesting about them. We then grow anxious and depressed as we realize we let time slip through our fingers, but we inevitably do nothing to change. Some people go through life without actually living or thriving.

We can thrive in our lives rather than endure them by having meaningful experiences in our lives to connect us to our values and to the people that matter most. You have to plan to thrive. Immanuel Kant wrote of “the sublime nature” in each of us, which is defined as our core or center key values that define who we are. Meaningful experiences peels back those layers to show who we really are. Instead of just seeing the financial status, schooling, job, living status, and other success indicators to reveal what the person truly values. As a thought experiment, there is a chasm in front of you with a thin bridge crossing it. What would you cross the bridge and risk death for and why? Each of us believes or values something that forces us to tempt fate and cross the bridge. Each of us has a set of values at our core and the risks that we take are based on how it effects our values.

With our hectic lives meaningful experiences usually slip to the back burner for when we have time or money. Usually people go to the same places to experience the same thing.

Plan to thrive. Create a list of experiences that bring you closer to your values. Stacy Taniguchi explained meaningful experiences and how to plan to thrive in his article at the end of article. To set up your list follow these rules:

  1. Figure out your governing values.
  2. You can’t take anything off the list.
  3. Work to better yourself and others.
  4. Take some risks.
  5. The list can be retrospective.
  6. Try to get to 100, but don’t stop there.

As you work on your list and have meaningful experiences, add to your list and challenge yourself.

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