It may come as a surprise to you, but I’m a
routine kinda gal. I eat the same cereal for breakfast and wake up and go to
bed every day about the same time. Wait staff from our favorite restaurants don’t
bother asking for my order; they just confirm it. I write only from my quiet
office, and I take breaks in regular intervals. Interruptions throw me off
kilter, and it takes a while to regain my balance.
But being a writer is slowly eroding my
routine. That, or my husband is. :)
He’s always encouraging me to step out of my
comfort zone. He prodded me to write my first book, even when I doubted, and
encouraged me to join a writers group. When our local librarian invited me to
address their readers, hubby rattled off a list of possible topics and practically
shoved me into the public speaking arena when I would have been perfectly
content to hide out in the obscurity of my office, pecking away at my laptop. Eventually,
readers would find my stories, right?
Now, he’s at it again. Prodding me to expand
my horizons. Travel. Food. Where does it stop?
Three years ago, he convinced me that a
European cruise was cheaper than some of our US vacations, and we’ve cruised
there every year since. We’ve craned our necks to stare up at the Eiffel Tower,
climbed the Colosseum in Rome, and explored ancient walled cities in Tuscany
and volcanoes in Iceland. We devoured pizza in Belfast, gobbled down granitas
and cannoli’s in Sicily, guzzled espresso in Barcelona, and tasted authentic
fish and chips in London.
And you know what? I actually enjoyed it. Not
necessarily every new meal or city, but the experience.
He doesn’t have to sell me on it anymore. When he mentions a European cruise, I’m
totally on board.
We all need someone like that, don’t we? A
friend or spouse to push us to achieve more, to reach for our dreams, to fill a
hole with something that we’re passionate about, or to force us to face our
fears. For me, it was fear of the unknown.
What are you afraid of?
Embrace life. Surround
yourself with people who love you enough to shove you out of your comfort zone.
Give your dreams wings to become reality and discover yourself.
Just wait until he starts messing with my
bedtime. Or leaving brochures for Antarctica on the kitchen counter…
“Risk, then, is not just
part of life. It is life. The place between your comfort zone and your dream is
where life takes place. It's the high-anxiety zone, but it's also where you
discover who you are.” ~Nick Vujicic
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