A long time ago I developed a bad taste in my mouth for the idea of stepping out of your comfort zone. It had just become so cliche that I could not stomach it anymore.
So, let’s drop it for now and rather talk about where we feel safe or challenged. I think it’s more appropriate.
Emotionally and physically we want to know that we are protected. Any idea that threatens that tends to stifle our forward movement.
(A comfort zone, in many cases, is not so much about ease and convenience as it is about safety.)
I have been inconsistent in exercising for a long time so I decided to enlist an accountability partner to keep me on track. The check-ins made me realise that I need to add more structure to my routine. So, last week I joined a Crossfit gym.
Except I didn’t go for my first session.
I wasn’t sure that I could protect my ego (lifting super light weights as a noob) or my body (recovering from a shoulder injury) during training.
Not because of comfort or discomfort.
However, yesterday I did my first session and it went great.
We are not born to live safe, mundane lives. The human spirit and body need to be challenged. We also weren’t born to live with perpetual danger. The continuous stress would burn a hole through our existence.
There is a time to retreat to safety and a time to embrace the challenge of life.
Seek out both.
Acta Non Verba,