One of my most popular posts so far has been “Leaping Outside of Your Comfort Zone;” the first post I wrote before moving to Maine 8 months ago. People visit it nearly everyday, which serves as a great reminder of why I’m here in Maine this year. Now with about only 4 months left in my service year with AmeriCorps and a TON of items to check off my Maine (Bucket) List, I’m getting reflective. Sorry.
I moved to Maine for several reasons…something new, different, and challenging. A fun gap year. It has most certainly lived up to all of those so far, but now I’m spending time planning my trip back home including where I’m going to live, what classes to take and where I should apply for jobs. I don’t like that. I’m becoming complacent living here, bored even. And it’s way too early for that! I need a challenge so I’ve decided that I need to leap further out of my comfort zone.
How am I going to do that? I will get outside more. Be as adventurous as possible. I will sleep under the stars, search for moose, hike and hike and hike, climb some large rocks then do it again a few days later.
As I mentioned in my previous post, my favorite adventures have always included pushing myself mentally and physically, doing something extreme and perhaps a bit dangerous or scary. When you’re experiencing things that most people wouldn’t even attempt. That’s when I’m most happy.
It’s time to push myself, and time for you to push yourself, just a bit further outside of your comfort zone.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
– Neale Donald Walsh
How do you venture out of your comfort zone? Any suggestions for me?