Its the “what ifs” in life that really kills you, or at least kill me. What we often over look are the simple events in our lives that have brought us to something bigger. Perhaps that something bigger is a person you met, an organization you became a member of, or a new favorite restaurant you discovered. If you don’t venture outside of your comfort zone, how do you expect to grow as a person?
The fact of the matter is every little thing you have done in your past has brought you to today. Every time you said no to something, you miss out on a learning experience. Saying no to an invitation only hurts you in the long run. Whereas saying yes exposes you to something you never knew existed.
I have so much going on in my life that it is easy to forget what brought me to this point. I moved schools five different times and with doing so I had to find new friends, I had to learn about a new life style, adapt to new lingo. What was considered cool at one school was not necessarily cool at the other. Forcing myself to say yes to a new experience only showed me another way life can be lived.
And thats just it. There is no one way to live life. The only true way to realize that not everyone is the same is by stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone shouldn’t change who you are, it should be an extension of who you want to become.
I was invited to Lil Wanye vs. Drake concert this weekend. Though the idea of it may seem fun, looking into what going to a concert like that actually means is very unappealing. A type of concert like that includes an environment filled with actives such as smoking pot, drinking, wearing provocative clothing, and potentially partaking in inappropriate behavior. Everything I just listed goes against my morals and what I am comfortable doing.
Yes, it would be fun to step outside of my comfort zone. That concert would be WAY outside of my comfort. Yes, would be cool to do something I would never have done on my own. However, is it really worth it when stepping outside of my comfort zone involves going against what I believe in? No.
When stepping outside of your comfort zone involves you not staying true to who you really are, step back in.
Life is full of different opportunities, different roads to take, and different people to meet. All the events in your life are apart of an equation. The left side of the equal sign lies the unknown, waiting to be discovered. Take that risk, say yes to that invitation, and don’t be hesitant to take advantage of a new opportunity. You never know who you may meet, what organization you may join, or what food you will end up loving.
If you are holding back from saying yes because you are afraid of the unknown, take this as a sign to let and just do it. You never know what may happen if you try. Don’t end up living your life surrounded by “what ifs” when you can look back and say “oh well”.
Fear is nothing more than a four letter word.
Heres to finding courage and keeping covered up.