Get Out Of My Head!
September 27, 2013 9:39 AM Subscribe
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, a la Cheryl Strayed in Wild, is a great example of a solitary experience that brings one out of one's head. Looking for other ideas.
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I'm tired of being as self-absorbed and introspective as I've been lately, but want to continue to work on myself, if you get what I mean.
Cheryl Strayed's book Wild is an awesome account of her really tough (really, really tough) journey through which she bravely (almost subconsciously) confronted and worked through some personal issues.
Ruling out a similar (1ooo+ mile) hike for myself, there must be some experiences that Mefites can help me think of that might have a similar effect? That is, to get me out of my own head as I struggle against a type of challenge; and my issues, problems, concerns can sort of simmer on the back burner and hopefully, miraculously work themselves out.
Such a thing is possible. Heck, I have my own tried-and-tested ideas: Volunteer work. Travel to a place where you don't know the language. Travel in general. A physical pursuit like training for a race or challenge, or to meet a personal goal.
tl;dr: Aside from travel, volunteerism, and sport, can you name other somewhat-solitary activities that will get me out of my own head?