In, or out, of the notorious “comfort zone”?

Nathalie Choo-Foo
Free Spirit. Exploring the wonders of Universe. Healing Energy. Being of service to animals & people
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Feb 09,2017

How many times have you heard “get out of your comfort zone”? What is the “comfort zone”? Why would one want to get out of it?

“A comfort zone is a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress.” [1]

Well, that sounds cozy and desirable. It’s like wearing warm pjs, snuggled up under the comforter with a warm mug of hot chocolate on a very cold winter’s night. Why would one want to leave and venture out of this coziness? It’s like that feeling of hesitation and fear of freezing when getting out from under those covers to put that empty mug away and switch off the light. If we don’t get up, the lights stay on. This wouldn’t be so comfortable to sleep with either. So we choose the best option for our comfort. Get out from under the covers, in the chill, and quickly switch off the light.

Sometimes, we don’t know what the best option is for ourselves. We do know that when life is too familiar, it may have a tendency to become routine, boring, stale, and feel unchallenging. Agree? There’s nothing wrong with that. But at times we may question, “There must be something more than this”. However, unfamiliarity brings unease, uncertainty, fear, and anxiety. Who wants that?! We have enough life circumstances to deal with. So we stay put in our comfy little bubble; status quo.

Last year, I made a vow to myself to get out of my comfort zone. Oh boy! What was I thinking?! Heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nerves, excitement, you name it. I’ll tell you one thing though, I look back twelve months ago, and I am in awe of what I have become, and from where I had come from. I was living small and in fear; content in my little bubble of familiarity. It’s a little like going down a steep hill in a toboggan for the first time. At the top, it looks scary and dangerous. Once pushed, there’s no turning back, only way is down. Just hang on and enjoy the ride (all while screaming of course). Screams of fear become screams of glee. Before you know it, you’re lining up to do it again. It’s so exhilarating!

Life has its challenges; I have had my share of them as many others have. I’ve had to get out of my comfort zone many a time, but not by choice, by circumstance. Many who know me wonder how it is possible at my age to have dealt with so much. That was my destiny, my story, my path of experiences to live. I recognize, now, being on the other side of what was, that my history was shaping me to be able to help others who may be going through similar circumstances. This time, it is MY choice to step out into the beyond; see what is out there; BE out of my comfy bubble. Now it is my turn, to be the voice and light for those seeking it.   

I now make a new vow, to you, readers, to continue to be out of my comfort zone; to be vulnerable despite the fear of saying too much or worry what people will think; to put myself and my stories out there so that you, or someone you know, may relate, and be guided toward hope and light. Take my hand. We are never alone in this world.   

Like my personality, I am full of variety. There may be serious moments, silly and fun moments, “just because” moments, “let’s ponder” moments, informational moments, and “who knows?!” moments. Let’s see where this journey takes us.

Ready? Are you in? Are you ready to get out of your comfort zone too?

Buckle up. Let’s go! This is going to be a great ride! ~ Nathalie ♥


[1] Alasdair A. K. White “From Comfort Zone to Performance Management”

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