I went rock climbing this past weekend for the first time in years. Probably decades. To say it was a little out of my comfort zone would be a gross understatement.
I don’t remember being quite so… scared and timid as a child/teenager/young adult. I don’t remember being so hesitant and questioning myself.
I wanted to go. I was excited to go. But I would’ve been happy keeping my two feet planted firmly on the ground, watching everyone else climb.
Yes, I know that sounds lame, but it’s true.
But I’m thankful for my husband and my friends, who didn’t allow that to happen. They gently pushed me into clipping in, finding the route, and going. To just start.
I needed that little gentle nudge. I’m not sure I would’ve done it on my own. But I ended up surprising myself and thoroughly enjoying it. It took a couple climbs to be more comfortable with it and in trusting myself. And it took a couple climbs to trust that if I lean back and let go, I wouldn’t just fall to the ground.
But that’s life, right? Pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones and taking a couple tries to trust ourselves, trust our decisions. To trust that everything will be okay if I lean back and let go.
When you’re on the rock wall, inside a climbing gym, or out on a trail, you have to trust your decision about what path you’re taking, what foot or handhold you’re going to use next. Hesitation could potentially be a disaster.
So I’m here to remind you that comfort zones are not a fun place to be. They’re safe, they’re familiar, but nothing ever grows there. And I don’t want to live my life not experiencing things. Not pushing myself to grow and be better.
I want to actually live my life. Have fun with my family and friends. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines, watching everyone else enjoy and live life.
So here’s to new adventures, new experiences. Living my life outside my comfort zone.
What do you want to do? Are you ready to get outside your comfort zone? Comment below with something you’ve been wanting to do but keep pushing aside. Because you’re scared. Or hesitant. Or don’t think you’ll be good at it.
I’d love to help get you unstuck. Because you never know. You may love it and actually be really good at it.
Have a phenomenal day, my friends!