it’s called the comfort zone for a reason. i find i like to do things in my comfort zone. i’ve always been introverted and mostly shy so i kept to a lot of hobbies that didn’t require participation of anyone else. i tend to excel when i do that because i don’t have to think about what people think or how well i’ll do.
lately i’ve done a number of things completely outside of my comfort zone. with varying success:
– i joined a book club at work. my goal was to read outside of my favourite genre (science-fiction). but i was only the only one doing that, and it felt like a book club of one, so i haven’t really participated since i realized the issue.
– i played guitar in front of everyone at work. my guitar skills are intermediate at best and i’ve never been comfortable “in front of the class”. so it was a challenge. i wore sunglasses so nobody could see how terrified i was.
do i like doing things outside of my comfort zone? absolutely not. there is a degree of fun and everyone is polite and non-judgemental, i feel relieved when it’s done. the anticipation is alway worse before i start.
Will i do anything more outside of my comfort zone again? absolutely. i’ll whine to everyone about it, but i will try to do the best of my ability at the time… and i’ll still feel relieved when it’s done.
it’s called life. lots of things are great, lots of things suck dead bunnies loud, but you don’t know about the latter if you never try.
gah… can’t believe i just typed all that in and meant it.