Let’s get uncomfortable

The most common question that I’ve been asked recently is “Why are you not going back home?”

School is out, and majority of the first-years who aren’t from Ottawa have gone home — but why not me?

Of course it would probably be less stressful to be at home, so I don’t blame many of my peers who have chosen to do so.

To be honest, it was kind of a spontaneous decision. Six months ago, my plan was to actually to go work for my previous employer back home for the summer. As time past, new permanent and more challenging opportunities came up, and I realized that Ottawa had more to offer for me.

So that’s it. I started renting an apartment and decided that Ottawa was now my home.

Is it hard? Of course. Sometimes I miss my family & friends, and there are times when I feel alone, but then I remind myself that there is a reason why I’m out here. I’m a new adult building my own life, and I need to break free and reach opportunities that are out there for me.

It is the time for me to take risks; I’m flexible and I have the least liability that I will ever have.

And I’m taking advantage of this.

Last night right before I went to bed, I stopped and took a minute to reflect.

As I child, I remember thinking about the future as if it was a dream. I thought “Where will I be in ten years?” It was so surreal to me to think that I was going to be an adult.

I gotta admit that eight year-old me would have never thought that I would be where I am today.

I am doing things that I never thought I’d be able to do. Now, why would I give that up for comfort?

So to answer the question that is often asked…although it may not be easy staying 477km away from home, I’m doing it to grow.

But hey, that’s just me. I don’t like to feel comfortable.

I’m not going to lie. It is hard sometimes to step outside of that comfort zone, but let me also tell that you that it can also be incredibly satisfying as well.

To whoever is reading this, I know there is something that you want to do but you’re too scared to do so (we all do), but just do it. It doesn’t have to be moving across the province. It could be something as simple as hitting the gym more often. Whatever it is, do it.

I’ll end this post with something that I like to tell myself when I get that feeling of nervousness:

If you want to be where most aren’t, you have to be willing to do what most aren’t willing to do.

Now, go conquer whatever you have been avoiding.