A new school year has begun and it’s got me thinking — the things we want are possible if we just push ourselves beyond our “comfort zone.”
I’m not alone in loving my comfort zone. It’s familiar and safe and secure. Creating a comfort zone is a healthy adaptation for much of our lives. But so is stepping out when it’s time to transition and grow.
My youngest, a sixth grader, is facing a lot of changes this fall. He and his buddies have been friends since preschool. Sadly, they are now scattered to the four corners of the Chattahoochee Valley — different schools and different after-school programs. They have left the comfort zone of elementary school and are assimilating into new environments and new circles of friends. It’s both overwhelming and scary for them.
I, too, am stepping out of my comfort zone this fall.
One of my boys is enrolled in online public school for the first time. I never expected to be so “hands on” with his education. He has six teachers, but I am the one standing over his shoulder watching his every move. I am his proctor, and it’s taking some getting used to.
The opportunities for worry grow as I try to balance family life, being a learning coach, and running a business from home. I’m definitely out of my comfort zone! Right now I’m feeling a little anxious. But I’m also feeling hopeful. As our new routines begin to settle, I can see glimmers of good things to come.
Someone once said that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. The experiences may be mind-blowing or regrettable, but that doesn’t matter. The point is that you’re doing it, and you’re pushing yourself past the mental blocks that tell you to do nothing.
So here’s to baby steps, doubts, possible mistakes, and being brave!