CRAWLING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Ah, those pesky platitudes
“Life starts at the end of your comfort zone.” Whoever said this, is not aware of how comfortable comfort zones are.
Ask anyone around me, I’m in love with my comfort zone, and no amount of coercing would make me leave it. Oh, there is a treasure of golden coins? Awesome! Let’s go get it! Wait… it’s there, a few meters out of my comfort zone? No thanks. Enjoy your riches.
Though their point does hold some truth. Life DOES offer more at the end of your comfort zone. It takes effort, but when you do go out of your comfort zone, you rarely regret it. But taking that first step is hard.
Babies and their wisdom
So why take a step? We all learned walking by crawling first. Why not just crawl out of your comfort zone? You think something out of your comfort zone is cool? What’s the minimal amount of effort you can put in to go towards that thing? Do that.
Last time I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, I wanted to learn computer science, something I knew absolutely nothing about. You know what I did? I watched a 4 minute video about a programming language. 4 minutes. That’s it.
The 4 minutes brought in another 4 minutes, and those 4 minutes brought on others… Now, 2 years in, I know tons more, and I’m still learning. Just those 4 minutes led me to make newfriends who are also interested in computer science, get into new music that were featured in the beginning of instructive videos, and even consider a carreer in game development.
If I’d started with this amount of change in mind, I would have never started in the first place. But I didn’t. I just crawled out of my comfort zone, with watching a 4 minute video.
Weirdly enough, comfort zones can expand
Funny thing is, now learning about computer science is part of my comfort zone. (Not computer science though, I suppose that might take years.) My comfort zone expanded to make room for a new thing, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
You never know what could be part of your comfort zone next. When the mood strikes, just crawl around a bit and see where that takes you. It may take a few falls, but soon you’ll pull yourself up and take your first step. And if you can’t? You’ll just crawl right back because no one’s stopping you.
If you stepped out of your comfort zone lately, I’d love to hear about where that took you!