“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
What if you were given $20,000 and told that you didn’t need to work for one year. You could do whatever you wanted with the money and your time, but you had to live abroad and couldn’t bring anyone with you. Could you do it? Could you push yourself out of the comforts of your home and learn to live with just yourself, where no one knows you? Could you confront your soul and depend on your own intuition to develop your identity in a new place?
I wish every twenty something was given this opportunity (myself included). At this age most of us are pretty unsure of who we are and where we’ll end up in life, and often rely on the predictability of our environments to lean on. We have mom and dad, our significant others, our comfy homes, are dogs/cats that always make us feel better.
As nice as all of those things feel, I argue that we need to be stripped of those comforts in order to grow (especially in your 20’s).
Reasons to leave your comfort zone:
- You are forced to get real with your emotions
- You start living for you and not for everyone else
- You understand that bumps in the road are apart of the journey
- You come to terms that you can’t control everything
- You are a better friend, family member, lover when you are no longer the center of the universe
- You discover any negativity you’ve been living with and can finally let it go
- You embrace uncertainty because you know you can handle it
- You take chances that you may have let slip through your fingers before
- You are okay being alone every now and then
- You become a leader, not a follower
- You meet new and interesting people
- You are no longer watching the world go by, you are apart of it
I truly believe that by getting in touch with yourself on a daily basis and assessing if what you’re doing or who you’re with is helping you to grow, you will live a much more fulfilling life. You don’t need to go live abroad to do this, but you do need to get out of your comfort zone in order to thrive and develop into the person you envision. Fear and anxiety are tough emotions to overcome, but once you do, you’ll be so happy with what you’ve found.
“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.”
– Abraham Maslow
Thanks for reading, see you next time!