We are all guilty of falling into the same habits over and over. We order the same food from our favorite restaurant, order the same drinks from the bar, and find ourselves going through a cycle day in and day out. This cycle makes us feel comfortable and safe, however, it also leaves us feeling like we need more and that something is missing.
Sometimes the comfort of our routine prevents us from wanting us to break the mold and experience new things. Why should you have to order a whiskey sour when you have always been one to gravitate towards a gin and tonic? Why should you change up what show you are watching when you are absolutely in love with Grey's Anatomy? Why should you move to a different/state or country when you have been in the same place for so long and you are content?
I'll tell you why: life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
By falling into the same routine over and over, you fall victim to not being able to expand your world. They say that life is a book, and if you do not travel, you stay on one page. Traveling can indicate more than just leaving the country. Traveling includes trying a new activity, expanding your friend group or even going to shop in a different store in the mall.
When you step out of your comfort zone, you discover new things about yourself and the people around you. The absolute worst case scenario is that you discover your comfort zone is what you truly need.
Make a new commitment to yourself. Try one new thing at least once a week. Stepping out of your comfort zone is spontaneous, fun and quirky. You may discover you love sushi and salsa dancing is an untapped talent. Life is short, so take every opportunity that comes and knocks on your door.
So what are you waiting for? Put down your laptop, get in your car and drive. Say hi to the person you always sit next to during church or go to an art museum by yourself and see who you meet. Life is full of surprises, and your comfort zone can keep you from surprising yourself.
So pop your bubble and go.