By Adrienne Credo, Regular ContributorJune 25, 2015
For the past week, I have been going through training to be a summer resident adviser for a high school program hosted by my university. During training, we were challenged to step out of our comfort zone and make the most of the time the department had together before branching off into our different summer programs. I am a naturally introverted person when it comes to big groups of people, because I often feel like what I have to say or think is not important enough to be said or heard. This is a terrible way to think, but it does happen. I’m sure I’m not alone on this sentiment.
Our comfort zone is our comfort zone for a reason: we are just fine where we are.
However, how can we develop and grow as a human being without stepping out of our comfort zone and into uncharted territory?
Simple. We have to get out of our heads. We have to realize that obsessing over stepping out of our comfort zone is significantly more stressful than actually doing so. We tend to over think, and it causes us to pause longer than we should when asked a question we know the answer to. We bury ourselves in our minds in the hopes of finding the solution to our aversion to anything out of our comfort zone. We try to rationalize. We try to understand. But ultimately, we need to be kicked out of the nest, whether by force or by our own accord, and soar. Now that we are out of our nest, the only thing to do now is to fly through the uncharted territory and take it all in.
We have to be more open to the idea that we do not know everything there is to know. We have not experienced everything there is to be experienced. The only way to remedy this is to spread our wings and fly into the unknown. Who cares if we stumble along the way? That is probably the best part out of all of this because we will have lived, breathed, and grown through these new experiences. The great thing about this is our ability to guide those who are trying to navigate the skies we have now charted. Because we stepped out of our comfort zones and have felt the spectrum of emotions with it, we are able to pay it forward and help those who are struggling to get out of their comfort zone.
The comfort zone is comfortable, but we are not built or wired to become stagnant. We naturally crave for something new and exciting.
We desire to grow and better ourselves in the process. So the next time you are faced with something that is not in your comfort zone, remember to spread your wings and fly into the unknown; you will never know what you are missing until you allow yourself to soar!
What adventure are you missing out on because you're staying in your comfort zone? How can you be bold and spread your wings to fly out of your comfort zone? Share with us here!
Adrienne is an undergraduate at University of California, Irvine studying Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in International Studies. She is also a passionate photographer (you can check out her work below!). She loves watching TV shows like Chicago PD (shout out to Sophia Bush!) and Law & Order: SVU with her roommates and creates funny videos with her friends.
Check out some of her photographs on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/123906482@N03/
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