Daughter and I at the wedding.
Mother: Do you stay in your comfort zone or do you sometimes step out? It feels so good in the comfort zone, I guess that is how it got its’ name. But it can also get boring in there. Have you ever stopped to think about all the different areas of your life that you have comfort zones in?
Our Comfort Zone in Clothing and Accessories
When was the last time you wore something that was not your norm, that took you out of your comfort zone? Have to think about it don’t you? This last weekend I had an out of town wedding to go to. I had a black dress to wear, what else right? But I took pearls to maybe wear with it along with my usual gold jewelry. Now when I say I took pearls I mean I took pearls. I took my 17 inch strand, my 20 inch strand and the ones I have that are 4 strands in varying lengths all in one necklace. After trying on all the different options I went with my gold. It worked, it was easy, and I felt o so comfortable. Along those same lines I found a cute pair of funky pink sunglasses. So out of my norm. Love the sunglasses, but have noticed I pick and choose where I am wearing them. Why would I care what others think when my pink glasses make me happy?
My pretty pink sunglasses.
Our Comfort Zone in Making a Change
Have you ever wanted to try a different exercise class, or a new grocery store. Maybe be a speaker at church, go back to school any number of things but stepping out of that comfort zone makes you second guess if the change is a good idea. How many times do you think you have missed making a new friend because you stayed in the comfort zone? Your with a group and all it would take is walking 5 feet and putting out your hand to the person standing nervously looking around the room. Before you take that first step the thoughts start racing, what if she is looking for someone, maybe she would rather be alone, or what if she gives me that”look”? But what if she smiles in relief to not be left alone in a crowd?
Our Comfort Zone for Staying Put
You’ve had the same doctor for 8, 10, 20 plus years. No, you aren’t crazy about their bedside manner but after all these years you might hurt their feelings if you leave the practice, and it is comfortable staying. The sad thing about this comfort zone is it could really hurt you. In my years as a nurse, I can not tell you how many times I have heard patients say they stay with their doctors because they don’t want to make them angry or hurt their feelings. This is your life and you need to protect it. Relationships and jobs, how many times do we stay because it is just comfortable enough to keep us from leaving? Not healthy, not totally satisfying but just comfortable enough to keep us from taking that major step.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
My birthday got me thinking about my comfort zones. I don’t want to come to the end of my days and have regrets. As I have said before:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
Thank you, Hunter S. Thompson, for this quote.
Till next time.
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