It is strange how I notice little signs that the universe gives to you to get your attention. An example of this is the recent trips to our favorite Chinese restaurant. One person at the table received the fortune shown below. What was catching about it was that we were just discussing comfort zones and breaking out of them to be free of your fears.
“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
While everyone has some kind of fear, be it clowns, heights and others, this fear cannot kill you. (The panic you feel may bring on medical issues which are already inherent in you, but that is not fear killing you.) I truly believe that this is one area which could improve peoples lives greatly and would make them happier.
You cannot control the universe itself but you can control breaking out of your comfort zone. An example of this would be what I did last year on a charity ride for the American Cancer Society. The “comfortable” ride to do would have been to ride with my team doing the “safe” 54 mile ride which we had done before. I knew we could do that one and even though, due to weather restrictions, I had not ridden that much to do training rides that year. SAFE. Instead I opted to do the 65 mile ride from Philly to Atlantic City. This is what I told my teammates I was going to do anyhow. In reality in my heart I wanted to break out of my comfort zone and opted to do a 100 mile ride instead. No one knew this ahead of time as they would have spent every waking hour trying to talk me out of it.
Why did I do this? Simple. I was tired of being scared and stuck in my “comfort zone box”. This was something I could control in my life and definitely outside of any comfort zone for me.
We all never know how long we have in this life. We need to take grasp of our lives and enjoy them so that when our journey is over, we have no regrets.