Completely Uncomfortable

Stepping out of comfort zones

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My basal instinct is to remain aloof and hidden from the world. As an extreme introvert, empath and a HSP (highly sensitive person), I function best when alone and isolated. I live in silence and within my head 99% of the time. I am awake at night and sleep during the day. I am comfortable within these zones.

So every day that I interact online by posting my writings, reading and commenting on others’ work, answering responses on Medium, interacting with people on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, and posting my art on my Facebook page — all of these take me out of my comfort zone and I am completely uncomfortable on purpose.

Why do I bother? Being aloof and hidden are easy for me. They can also lead me down the path of utter darkness and depression. And that is definitely not a space I wish to occupy. So I push through, fighting every minute to put myself out there, uncomfortably.

My next endeavor will begin tomorrow. I am launching my own publication. Talk about being outside my comfort zone! But I am ready and it is time. Watch me squirm! On purpose.

©2021 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

Essay response to Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她)’s prompt — Are you sticking to routine just to get through the days? Or are you curious to try something (no matter how small) outside of your usual this week?

Lori Carlson writes Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Creative Non-Fiction and Personal Essays. Most of her topics are centered around Relationships, Spirituality, Life Lessons, Mental Health, Nature, Loss, Death, and the LGBTQ+ community. Check out her personal Medium blog here.



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