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One fine evening, my mother and I were sitting together, talking about our dreams and the things we aspire to do. She told me that she wishes to learn classical music and that it makes her a little anxious. We talked and decided that we’ll look for a teacher and start learning. And on the same day, I had a dialogue with my friend, she told me how she likes re-watching the same movies again and again; how the certainty provides her with a sense of comfort. These conversations made me rethink the concept of comfort zones.
We humans like being at ease, in our comfort zones, in a continuous cycle of known repetitive choices, life is much easier this way because we feel like everything happening around us is under our control (the biggest lie; control is an illusion). We switch-on our autopilot modes, where we need not think much. We fear turbulence, even before taking the flight. Gradually we are enslaved by the chains of comfort zone which makes us afraid of experiencing life.
BUT IS THIS THE BEST PLACE FOR US TO BE?
OH, CERTAINLY NOT!
Familiarity keeps us safe, but on the other hand, makes our life monotonous and stagnant. Doing and learning new things can sure be daunting and intimidating.
We might ask ourselves questions like “Is this doable?” “Do I look stupid while doing this?” “How bad am I?” Trying new things makes us feel vulnerable, but is there anything which comes even close to the thrill of doing something new? It stretches our minds and expands our self-created horizons. We are human beings we are born to shatter glass ceilings and break records. And some wise person has said that “The mind, once stretched, never returns to its original dimensions.” We might as well discover our strengths which we never knew existed.
Think of your favourite food, sport, book, or any other hobby, and imagine never doing it out of fear of the unknown or maybe because you were not feeling enthusiastic about it. We must’ve missed out on a lot of things, no?
Our journey on this beautiful planet is short, and it’s so important to make the most out of it. Don’t you think that this time is too precious to be used to create delusions to safeguard our “pride” and stay inside the human-made boundaries?
We gotta break them! And hug life with open arms. Well, for starters, we can do one thing which we always wanted to do but always feared failing or looking terrible while doing it. If you’ve always wanted to sing or act, think what made you stop, reflect and see if it was you stopping your own self from doing it, and then take your first step towards it. Most of the time we are stopping ourselves from doing things we like doing, let’s eliminate that first. What if JK Rowling would’ve sat back at home with her stories because she had doubts if people would ever read her books? What a blunder that would’ve been! We would’ve missed the joy of the ‘Harry potter series’. Our mind is bound to blabber such thoughts, but remember we always have a choice of what to believe.
So, does this mean that we should never do things that provide us with a sense of comfort and makes us feel safe? No, we can keep doing those things, maybe we can try incorporating new ways of doing old things. We just need to sit back, reflect, find our comfort zone and knock it down. Because life lies outside it for sure!
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” - Brian Tracy
Author: Annapoorna Nair | Publisher: Kosha Life
I guess, khoobasoorat is the word for this. A word which I use very rarely, but when I use it. It’s really from the bottom of my heart♥️
Couldn’t agree more🥺☀️🌻