Outside of Your Comfort Zone

October 30, 2012 at 8:59 am | Posted in Life and Living | 2 Comments

This past weekend I attended my final wedding for this season. It was the celebration of one of my oldest friends, a girl I have known since middle school.

As typically happens, as you get older, you don’t carry all of your school day friendships with you into adulthood. No matter how many great memories or great friendships you make, only a few survive. So in attending this wedding, I could count on one hand how many people I was going to know, and on top of it, I was flying solo since my hubby had to work.

But I was okay. I knew why I was there and I knew what I had to do to have a good time. I made friends for the night and enjoyed the company of the few old friends in attendance. Over the years, I have reconnected with a lot of old friends. I’ve been invited to a lot of events where I wouldn’t know anyone, and I usually try to push myself to go. Most of the time, you feel really weird at first, but so long as you find a welcoming group of people, you’ll have a good time. And if you don’t go, you’ll never know what you missed. I never want to be the type of person who stands in a corner only talking to the people I know.

It’s always hard going places alone. When I was younger, I didn’t even like to go shopping alone. Teens always want to be with friends, and that doesn’t go away when you become an adult. It’s a simple test of nature. How many of you would sit next to a complete stranger, if you had the choice of doing so, or leaving one seat open in the middle just to keep the situation comfortable? Most of us would. How many of us would go to the movies by ourselves?

I have friends who have traveled the world alone. To me, that is an amazing feat. There is something to be said for someone who has that kind of guts. I strive for guts like that in my everyday life. Though I may never travel the world alone, I will continue to reach out, to say yes to invitations when I can, to go places alone if no one wants/can go. I’m too curious to miss opportunities outside of my comfort zone.

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  1. thats precisely why I used to travel alone. to break out of my comfort zone, and to allow my “comfort zone” to include being by myself, or with complete strangers. In fact, I’ve made my closest, most honest friendships through traveling alone. I highly recommend it.

  2. Love this! Awesome post, this is progress for you socially as well


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