So glad you stopped by to visit. I hope you are having the nest day ever!!
Something interesting happened today. I woke up at 5:25am, got dressed, walked out of the house in the darkness of the cold morning into the rain.
Why is that interesting you may ask? I won’t keep you in suspense.
I’ve never been the type of person that likes to be outside in the rain. I have nothing against the rain itself, I just don’t understand why I would want to get wet on purpose. That didn’t make sense to me.
Rewind to a conversation I had a few weeks ago with a colleague at work. She told me she was out for a walk in the forest, one of those walking trails.
She recounted how as she was walking it started to rain. Everyone else was heading for shelter but she decided to just put her hood on and soldier on in spite of the rain.
I said “I would never do that!” then I corrected myself because I have realised that the saying ‘never say never’ is an actual thing! Instead I took it as a challenge.
Fast forward to this morning. I had planned to go with a few other friends but they cancelled because it was raining.
I was already dressed and ready to leave the house. I could have easily got comfy again and gone back to bed. But I decided this would be the day to challenge my comfort zone and perception.
I checked out the back door to see how heavy it was raining before I left and thankfully it was pretty light. I put on my scarf, hat, coat and shoes and headed out the door, with my keys.
I left my phone because I wouldn’t need to contact anyone and I didn’t want it to get wet. I also find it quite freeing to travel without it at times.
I do get anxious thoughts about not being able to contact someone if anything happens, but they go away as I continue my journey and focus on other things. I always come back absolutely fine.
I started out on my journey with fast walk and found walking in the rain not anywhere as bad as I thought it would be.
Then I started to feel a bit adventurous. I had been speaking to a friend about marathon running on Thursday so I set myself a challenge to jog 0.4miles.
As I started to run the rain got a bit heavier, and I was starting to sweat so I had to shed some layers. In the end I went faster than I intended and farther, approx. 1.2miles. The complete journey was approximately 2 miles.
I felt such a huge sense of achievement afterward.
I had not only stepped way out of my comfort zone but I had pushed myself past what I thought was possible for me to do. And I actually enjoyed it, what a Shocker!
I said all of that to say. Sometimes the things we don’t want to do, aren’t necessarily things we can’t do or wouldn’t enjoy doing. However, we will never know if we don’t at least try.
You may just find that on the other side of your comfort zone lies freedom and joy!