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What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?

Flettie 7 Nov 20

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Own and use a really good telescope and train it at the stars.

Out of all the suggestions I like this one best.

Or, if can't afford a telescope, spend a night under the stars, away from city lights, so can clearly see the milky way, planets, constellations... I did this for the first time in decades this last summer, slept under the stars with no tent on a dark beach, and it was awesome, I didn't want to sleep! It was during the meteor showers too, which added to the drama.


Mushies are better


Travel. As much as possible. Experience how the rest of the world lives.


Watching the birth of your first child.


International Travel should top the list. I know so many adults in their 50s and 60s who've never been to the UK, for example, or Europe or China. I've been to all 3 and I have to say it opens your eyes and your heart in ways that you can't get from reading a book, watching a movie.

I think, at least for the US, when young people turn 18 they should spend a mandatory 2 years of public service (military, Peace Corps, missionary, whatever, no exceptions) in an overseas nation. I don't mean in Paris, Rome, Cancun, etc. I mean in third world areas where people need help. In this country, most adults reach maturity woefully inexperienced with how the rest of the world really lives. Books, movies, don't do it. You need to be there and live there to really understand how lucky we are to have been born in this country and hiw much we have to lose if we don't take care of it.

@Yogisan My son is a sophomore at UMass Amherst. He spent a month in the Dominican Republic working in a clinic. Talk about an eye opener! It was life changing for him. The other kids with him spent their days on the beach drinking and fucking. He spent his time in the clinic taking care of people.

@Yogisan no exceptions? Glad I missed the age for that idea. My narcoleptic ass would've been more than useless.


I did disaster relief with the Red Cross in NC after Hurricane Matthew. It was one of the most meaningful things I have ever done. Definitely life-altering


Witness, or help with, the birth of another living thing. Preferably a child. The best? Your child.

But helping to bring a life - any life - into the world is life altering.


SCUBA diving in a clear, warm ocean on an active reef; alternatively with either some playful interactive manatee, dolphins, or a manta ray.

(I am a NAUI Divemaster and used to co-own a dive store; I've been fortunate enough to have experienced all three)




Love for an animal.

dkp93 Level 7 Nov 20, 2018

@IndieTag Aww, I hadn't even considered that heartbreaking aspect of it, but you are right about that.


Learn a new language or try....


Young adults should attend the death of a loved one. At the age of 27 I held my mother's hand as she died of cancer. I had a new perspective on my life.....and my petty concerns and fears.


Immerse themselves in a different culture.


Risking life and limb for a physical thrill...and coming through unscathed, of course!


everyone is different. there is no list that applies to all. some people should get married. some definitely should not. the same goes for having kids. the same goes for almost everything!



Should? How about an infusion of incredible wealth? Can I wish that for everyone? I know. How we need to downplay that. If there is any life-altering thing everyone SHOULD experience, other than falling in love with someone who loves you back, it is the unexpected infusion of incredible wealth.

And I am not 100% certain about that love thing.

I know what you mean but I worry about that. As we know from lottery winners, lives can be ruined after receiving "incredible wealth". From personal experience I know wealth does not equal happiness. How about everyone should experience financial security at least once in their life?


Have a baby! Unless you hate kids.

Carin Level 8 Nov 20, 2018

Watching your child achieve their dream. Nothing brings you more joy than seeing untempered, unbridled, pure joy in your child (juvenile or adult).


Travel to a country of own choice. Enjoy its natural beauty and colours, the culture and diversity of the people, the laughter, the food, the music, the arts, the history. Make new friends. Take as many photographs as you can for you to look back on after many years. Buy at least one souvenir. Then share those splendid memories to family and friends and how your life-altering experience made you a better person. I'm thinking of India. 🙂


I believe that any demonstration of a large group (10,000+) of people working together and supporting one another. With out any financial involvement.


Loving someone until it hurts


Disaster, I think. The opportunity to re-think everything.


That depends on the individual, what makes me better may not work for you. Finding that moment by accident and appreciating it is magical.

Btbd Level 7 Nov 20, 2018

Real hunger


Surfing and sex.... least once.

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