We all get comfortable in our own little worlds. We have a certain way of starting our days, certain restaurants we go to most often, heck, even a certain way we do laundry.
I’m not generally a “scheduled” person, but I’m finding more and more that I follow the same routine day in and day out. I’ve found that I live within a comfort zone that doesn’t offer much risk, but also doesn’t offer much excitement.
I wasn’t always like this. Before kids, I was much more willing to try something new. I ate haggis in Scotland. I traveled to the Azores armed only with my not very good Spanish and an English-Portuguese dictionary. I went spelunking in Australia.
I’ve decided to try to find that side of me again. Finances and school schedules and responsibility for children don’t allow me to be as carefree as I once was, but I’m taking the opportunities that come my way. Some recent examples:
- I’ve been doing some marketing work for my job. Trying to create ads is so far outside my work comfort zone that I’m pretty sure it’s not in the same hemisphere. But I’m doing my best to embrace the challenge.
- I took another yoga class at Mind the Mat today. I’m nowhere near good at it LOL, but I try every move to the best of my ability.
- Yesterday I relied on my general knowledge of the area I live in to get from one place to another without a map or GPS. Sure, I ended up going to Costco by way of National Airport, but I did it and I didn’t panic. (Anyone who knows the roads around here and my fear of driving in DC will understand what a HUGE step that was for me.)
- I bought a living social deal to a Core Barre class. I may suck, but I’m going to do it anyways.
There are things I’m “scared” to do. Run a relay race. Make my own beer. Drive with the boys cross country by myself. And I’m sure there are more. I may not hit them all this year, but I will continue to step outside my comfort zone on a regular basis, because every time I do, I reconnect with the brave girl I once was.
Do you actively try to step out of your comfort zone? Do you try new things on a regular basis?