A Gap Year has become a ritual rite of passage for many young people. Either to try something totally new or something to look forward to after the end of University. Most of the time we think about ‘where’ we should go and not ‘why’ we should go. Very philosophical, right? It is true, though. A Gap Year doesn’t even need to be abroad. It is just a year that you take for yourself. There are many reasons why 2020 should be the year you take a Gap Year and here are our 4 best reasons.
1. It Might Make You Come Alive
Through the glory the is the internet we’ve been exposed to endless career paths, hobby routes and ways to live our life. It can be an incredibly confusing and stressful experience trying to decide what we want to do with ourselves. If we sit in the middle of this medley of confusion, we are unlikely to find any direction.
Giving yourself space is essential in removing yourself from the quagmire. But, unfortunately, a lot of the time we don’t give ourselves the permission to do that.
Often we just follow that path we feel we should follow instead of actually doing what we love.
In 2020 it will take a year to just allow life to come to you and do whatever takes your interest at any given time. Follow the things that suddenly make you passionate and see where they go. If they go nowhere, no problem. But you might just find some incredible interest that you fall in love with.
So travel, or take up salsa, diving, bread making, sewing, finger skateboarding or literally whatever you can think of and see what happens! You might just find what you want to do with your life.
A quote to leave you on is;
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”- Howard Thurman
2. Help You Gain Perspective
This is pretty closely linked to the point above and is about giving yourself the space to understand yourself and your life.
Gaining perspective is important for going forward in life. We only have so many hours in the day and with work taking up most of that it’s essential to know what you want to prioritise.
A Gap Year can really provide you with this perspective.
Is it travelling that you realise you can’t live without? A particular hobby that you picked up on the Gap Year you want to follow? Or is it that you just found that you missed your friends and family?
With a real sense of perspective and what matters to you you will also find out what doesn’t matter to you. And leaving behind things that have been dragging you down conscientiously or unconscientiously can be pretty liberating.
So take a Gap Year in 2020 and find out what you want to prioritise in your life!
3. It Will Broaden the Mind
Doing stuff is amazing.
Seriously, it is. Just getting out of your comfort zone and enjoying things you usually wouldn’t do can be incredibly refreshing.
A swift boot out of the comfort zone is sometimes what’s needed. Trying new things allows us to grow and become a better person.
It doesn’t just have to be doing something insane like bungee jumping or paragliding, it can be as simple as trying a new type of food or learning about the history of somewhere you have visited or even just meeting someone new.
Learn all you can and enjoy every bit of it. Seize the day and all that other cliché stuff!
Know your limits though, sometimes you just don’t want to do something and that’s absolutely fine (remember it’s about you finding what you love and who you are). But leaning into something you have never done before can be beneficial.
A great reason for a Gap Year in 2020 is getting out there, trying new things and broadening your mind!
4. To Have Fun
To finish off, this one is nice and simple. It is also the most obvious. A Gap Year can be one of the most fun things you can do in your life.
Life’s for having fun and taking a year to explore the world and/or trying new things is one of the fastest ways to enjoying yourself.
Modern life can be stressful, with jobs, taxes, bills and everything in between. We don’t often get the chances to take a break from all this, so why not make 2020 the year that you do? Put all those things a side and go enjoy yourself!
One of the best things about it is actually the anticipation. Get a Gap Year booked for 2020 and you can look forward to it while you finish up your last year of University or it can make those long shifts at work feel far more worth it.
It might also give your mental health a really healthy boost. With all the other reasons here you can find a lot more drive and perspective.
Overall though, it will just be incredibly fun no matter what it is you choose to do.
What better reason is there for doing a Gap Year in 2020 than to have fun with your life?
That’s just 4 reasons to take a Gap Year in 2020, but there are literally endless reasons. Everyone will have their own, but these may hopefully inspire you to take the year out that you have been promosing yourself. No doubt you will certainly find more excuses than reasons, that is always the way. However, sometimes it just takes the leap of faith to go for it, 2020 is the year to take that Gap Year for yourself.
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