It’s funny to think about comfort zones. Every individual is different, so what is commonplace for one person is stepping way over the line for someone else. I think we forget sometimes that we are all unique individuals: we all have quirks and habits and patterns that make us who we are.
Who is LA? One of the hats I wear is one of a blogger- I have the hat on right now. I blog just about every day. But you know what? As I sit here in my blogging hat, at my desk, in front of my laptop, I am way out of my comfort zone.
So…to answer the question, “When was the last time you were out of your comfort zone?” the answer is right this very minute.
I love to write. I love to think about things and put my ideas on a page: that is natural and easy for me. What’s difficult is hitting the publish button.
I am an introvert. I rarely introduce myself to others. I am most likely the person observing in the corner. Talking to people does not come naturally to me. So yes, putting my ideas out to the world every day is terrifying. Pushing PUBLISH is putting me way out of my comfort zone.
I might do a once over of my work, but anyone who reads me on the regular knows I’m not overly diligent about punctuation, spelling or grammar. If I look at my writing too long or too hard I will simply end up with a very large draft folder. I would second guess myself into distraction.
It takes courage for me to put myself on the page. I give you my real feels- I rarely hold anything back once I start typing. And sometimes I get critiqued or criticized. Does anyone really want to get unsolicited opinions about their lifestyle? I’ve been told that I should really watch the food I eat, and that people really hope I exercise a lot. I’ve been told that the skin care products I use are crap and I really should take better care of my skin. Lots of comments about my parenting style. Lots of passive aggressive comments. Don’t worry though- I can handle these things. I can even just let the majority of these comments slip by…though not replying in a snarky manner can also be quite difficult.
So yes- hitting publish every day puts me right out of my comfort zone. Every day. Twice a day in bloganuary.