If you’ve had these 11 life experiences, you’re more worldly than you realize

You know how we often get lost in the daily grind and forget how much we’ve actually lived?

Well, you might have been through stuff that makes you more worldly than you give yourself credit for.

And no, we’re not talking about how many countries you’ve visited. It’s all about those life experiences that have shaped you into who you are.

So let’s go through these 11 life experiences that could prove you’re more of a globe-trotter at heart than you think.

1. You’ve lived in more than one city or country.

And no, we’re not talking about that week-long vacation you took to the beach that one time.

We mean actually living, working, or studying somewhere else for a significant amount of time.

This experience can give you a whole new perspective on cultures, people, and ways of life different from your own.

If you’ve done this, give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve already walked a mile in someone else’s shoes, and that’s a big deal!

2. You’ve experienced a challenging job.

Ever been in a job that pushed you to your limits? Maybe it was incredibly demanding, or perhaps you were way out of your comfort zone.

If you’ve been there, done that, you can consider yourself a bit more worldly.


Because challenging jobs force us to grow, adapt, and understand other people’s roles and responsibilities.

They teach us resilience and show us we’re capable of more than we think. 

3. You’ve traveled alone.

I once decided to take a solo trip to Europe. It was scary, I won’t lie. There I was, all by myself in a place where I knew no one and barely spoke the language.

But you know what? It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.

I learned so much about myself – my strengths, my weaknesses, and my ability to navigate tricky situations (literally and figuratively!).

If you’ve ever traveled alone, you’ll understand what I mean. It’s an experience that opens up your mind and heart in unexpected ways.

4. You’ve learned a new language.

Did you know that there are around 7,000 languages in the world?

That’s a ton of ways to say “Hello”!

If you’ve taken the time and effort to learn a new language, that’s a big win in the worldly department.

Learning a new language is not just about memorizing words and grammar. It’s about understanding a different culture, its nuances, and its people.

So, if you can order coffee in French, argue in Italian, or tell a joke in Spanish, you’re not just multilingual – you’re globally savvy!

5. You’ve helped someone in need.

It’s one thing to live a life full of experiences, and quite another to share those experiences with someone in need.

Maybe you’ve volunteered at a homeless shelter, or perhaps you’ve been a mentor to a young person in need of guidance.

These are the moments that don’t just make you worldly, but also deeply human.

Lending a helping hand to someone often teaches us empathy, compassion, and the value of community – things that are universally cherished across all cultures and societies around the globe.

6. You’ve experienced a major setback or failure.

I’ve failed many times in my life. I’ve lost jobs, messed up relationships, and even had businesses go under.

But each time I fell, I learned something new about myself and the world around me.

It taught me that failure isn’t the end of the world, but rather a stepping stone to becoming stronger and wiser.

If you’ve faced major setbacks or failures and have managed to pick yourself up each time, you’ve got a kind of worldly wisdom that only life’s hard knocks can teach.

7. You’ve had your heart broken.

Heartbreak is one of those universal experiences that’s as raw as it gets.

Whether it’s a breakup, the loss of a loved one, or a friendship turned sour, heartbreak teaches us about pain, loss, and, most importantly, healing.

It shows us that we can survive even when our world feels like it’s crumbling.

So if you’ve had your heart broken and are still standing (even if you’re a bit wobbly), know this: You’re not just worldly, you’re a warrior.

8. You’ve explored different cuisines.

Did you know that there are over 195 countries in the world, each with its unique culinary culture?

If you’ve ventured beyond your usual food habits and tasted dishes from different corners of the world, kudos to you!

Whether it’s devouring sushi in Japan, savoring pasta in Italy, or trying out spicy curries in India, exploring different cuisines is a delicious way to understand diverse cultures.

So if your palate has travelled the world, you’re definitely more worldly than you might think.

9. You’ve made friends from different cultures.

I remember when I first moved to a new city for a job. I was like a fish out of water. But then I met Ana from Spain, Ravi from India, and Mei from China.

We were all in the same boat, and soon, our shared experiences turned us into a tight-knit group.

Through them, I learned about their cultures, traditions, and perspectives – things that books can never teach.

If you’ve made friends from different cultures, you’ll know what I’m talking about. This kind of friendship broadens your worldview and makes you more worldly without even trying!

10. You’ve questioned your beliefs.

This one’s tough, but it’s a game-changer. Most of us grow up with a set of beliefs handed down to us by our families or societies.

But there comes a point in life where you start questioning these beliefs. It could be about religion, politics, or even about yourself.

It’s uncomfortable and scary, but it’s also liberating.

This process of questioning and reflecting helps us grow as individuals and makes our understanding of the world richer and deeper.

11. You’ve learnt to appreciate the simple things.

As we grow older and hopefully wiser, we start realizing that happiness often lies in the simplest of things – a beautiful sunset, a good book, laughter with friends, or a home-cooked meal.

Worldliness isn’t just about extraordinary experiences; it’s also about appreciating the ordinary moments that make life truly beautiful.

If you’ve reached this point of understanding in life, trust me, you’re as worldly as they come.

So there you have it! These experiences aren’t just about seeing the world; they’re about truly living in it. If you’ve ticked off any of these experiences, give yourself some credit – you’re more worldly than you realize!

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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