How to Expand Your World

The generation that saw the transition into the digital age has now matured into adults, with all the social, political, and economic power that entails. But even though we've graduated from college and are now part of the workforce, learning doesn't have to stop here. CNBC claims that millennials are more likely to assign greater significance to experiences over material belongings. With all of the information in the world at our fingertips thanks to the internet, you can learn and expand your worldview by trying different things. Here's a shortlist of experiences that can help you grow into a better citizen, worker, and person.


Millennials have been bitten by the travel bug, and they've been bitten hard. This generation is famous for popularizing travel, thanks to cheaper airfare sales online. With the Philippine Star reporting that the Philippine passport can travel visa-free to 64 destinations worldwide, you can be sure that the number of travelers is only going to grow. Traveling brings in new perspectives that weren't there before, and being in a new place can teach you a sense of responsibility and spark some extra street smarts.

Learning a New Skill

Millennials are facing a changing world, one without many of the safety nets and assurances that previous generations had. Even the value of a college degree may not be enough to get your foot in the door when it comes to work. To bridge what Forbes has been calling the "skill gap", millennials should look beyond book learning and get some practical experience. Learning new skills to help you work better and smarter, as well as pad out your resume, might give you the edge that other applicants don't have.

Trying a New Sport

Health is wealth, and in an age where hospital costs are rising and insurance can be too much of an added cost, keeping fit and healthy is more important than ever. The benefits of exercising can't be overstated, but these benefits go beyond just health and wellness. Joining a new sport or fitness regimen can also teach you the value of responsibility and commitment, and the New York Times claim that learning a new sport in midlife could strengthen the brain. With all these pros and very few cons, it seems like it's high time for millennials to pick up the Frisbee or ball and get playing.

Learning to Appreciate Art

Finally, another thing you could do to expand your worldview is to learn a little bit of art appreciation. Art appreciation teaches young children the skills of communication and critical thinking, and the benefits extend way into adulthood. Taking the time to go to art fairs or galleries and really look at art will help enrich your life in many ways, providing you with the emotional and historical tools needed to navigate life. If you're not sure where to start, Daydreaming in Paradise has a list of 24 contemporary artists in the Philippines that works as a good primer to get up to speed with local talent. These artists include some of the biggest names in the industry today, such as Andres Barrioquinto, Ronald Ventura, and Nikki Luna. It covers a wide variety of styles and media used by artists who are among the best of the contemporary Philippine art scene. Using these artists as a jumping-off point will help you gain a better understanding of where Philippine art is now, as well as the trends and topics being covered by artists today.

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