11 Things Every Person Should Experience at Least Once in a Lifetime

It’s easy to forget amidst the coffee breaks, the voicemail, and the traffic jams that we are currently doing this pretty amazing thing called living. I was recently reminded of this by a Quora thread where someone posed this question:

What is something every person should experience at least once in a lifetime?

Thought provoking to the say the least. But what was really delightful were 11 of the answers people provided. Here are their suggestions and justifications for each:

1. Living alone in a very different place than your childhood hometown
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“When you live with yourself, you become more self-reliant and self-aware. Also, you realize what is important in your life. I don”t mean that just in the grand philosophical sense – but in the everyday sense, as well: What do you like to eat for each meal? How do you like to organize your space?”

2. Jumping into water from a height sufficient to scare you

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“Please do this in a safe manner with the appropriate safety considerations, but free falling is an ultimate thrill.”

3. Failure
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“It will make your success that follows much, much sweeter.”

4. Voluntary suffering
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“You can suffer throughout a marathon and still enjoy or be rewarded by it… You learn more about what you are capable of and then you fulfill more of your potential.”

5. Watching the sunrise
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“Just enjoy it: ‘There“s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they”re absolutely free. Don”t miss so many of them’ – Jo Walton

6. Witnessing the birth of a child
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“I was in the delivery room for the birth of 2 of my children. It was many years ago (my youngest is 35) but its is an experience I still remember vividly to this day. It is truly a miracle.”

7. A near-death experience
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“Something that reminds you that you”re still alive, and it”s for something.”

8. Public speaking
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“Because the reality is, you’re an authority too.”

9. Going somewhere 100s of miles away
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“Carry only fifty dollars and whatever can fit into a backpack. No credit cards, ATMS, checks.”

10. Being passionately in love and being loved
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“There is probably nothing better.”

11. Holding your own grandchild
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“It is surreal.”

Images via Getty

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