How Does It Feel To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone……….uncomfortable!!! Getting out of your comfort zone is about as hard as not staying in your comfort zone… see what I did there. I recently had a morning date with a guy whom I had met while I was eating lunch at Kreation Cafe in Santa Monica, California. He was cute, I smiled and we started chatting. Easy enough right?
Why the morning date you may be thinking and on a Sunday?? It was the only time we could make our schedules work, and we both loved mornings. The course of the date went well and we had a lot in common, but there were definitely moments of awkwardness. Moments I wanted to run away and and had asked myself why, why am I doing this dating thing. I wanted to take the lead, I wanted to run the show, I wanted to feel in control because that’s what feels comfortable.
Our comfort zone is our home. Our internal safe place. We associate material objects, certain people in our life, and specific locations to all be markers letting us know life is safe and sound. When this is challenged and disrupted, things become unclear and it’s harder to prepare ourselves for what’s coming next. I remember feeling extremely uncomfortable with myself and my life when traveling for modeling a few years ago. Months on end of not knowing where my next pay check was coming from, what city I would be in, often times not knowing where I was going to live. I craved that sense of grounding and stability that comes with having a safe place to come home to at night.
I didn’t know it at the time, but those extremely vulnerable and unclear moments are what open up my eyes to a whole new world. A world I live in now that I couldn’t have thought possible for myself. A body, a mind and an unfenced perspective on life that can’t be taught in a lesson book. The need to grow and constantly change is fulfilled and broken open every time I step outside of my comfort zone.
I’ve noticed it happens when I let my guard down and try not to take so much control over things. This can be challenging for several reasons such as not feeling like you have enough time to mess around. Have to get from A to B with no funny business. However, we must step outside the box if we wish to continue to grow.
Let’s expand. Let’s live. Let’s love.
How do you get out of your comfort zone? What does it look like? What does it feel like? Probably feels a bit eh, uncomfortable 😉
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