As a kid…..You hear things like ‘don’t go down that road, you don’t know what’s down there’, ‘You wouldn’t want to visit that country’, ‘I wouldn’t eat that if I were you’, ‘Why on earth would you want to take up that hobby?’
What is this teaching us?
That it’s better if we just be….as we are…safe? What happens when we just tip-toe out of the ‘safe’ bubble, our comfort zone? Wait for it………nothing at worst and exhilarating at best.
Don’t get me wrong, doing certain things can be dangerous and risky. You wouldn’t just wander around aimlessly in the middle of the night looking for danger. But, what if the ‘danger’ wasn’t death, but just …because it was different? Never been tried? Not known?
I had people tell me ‘Alaska? There’s nothing there’..’Why would you want to travel alone?’. You know what, Alaska has been amongst the best places I have visited. Also, travelling alone gave me so much confidence. I’m glad I didn’t listen, I’m glad I didn’t stay in my comfort zone.
When we fear the unknown, we are telling ourselves that the only outcome is bad, then we become anxious at trying anything knew and we never move outside of our comfort zone, never explore, never satisfy our curiosity. But what if coming out of our comfort zone is when we actually feel alive? Yes it’s a risk, but I believe it’s a risk that’s worth taking. There maybe a time, when we have to deal with life and death, but because we have never been out of our comfort zone, we wouldn’t have the skills to deal with it.
I’m writing a book at the moment, and of course, I’m not risking death by writing it of course, but I could stay in my comfort zone and just talk about it, or I could put myself out there and ……..fail. The book could absolutely flop. But I’d still be alive, and I would have satisfied a niggling curiosity. Then I would move onto the next thing that’s bugging me. Or you know what?…..The book may fly off the shelves (obviously this outcome is much more appealing!) But if I never try, I’ll never know.
What’s the alternative?……………………