Stepping outside my comfort zone

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At my recent high school reunion, I won the unofficial title of “coolest person in the class of ’92.” It was unofficial because there wasn’t actually a title and there wasn’t actually a vote, but I have to admit I kind of basked in the glory of popularity in the eyes of my former classmates for a little bit.

I wasn’t popular in high school. At all. I was shy, awkward and afraid to step outside of my comfort zone. I didn’t want to be like that, but I was, and my holding back wasn’t doing myself or the world any favors. I was determined to work on myself and to bring more of who I was deep down out into the world. I will always be introverted, yes, but now I am also able to speak up and share my worldview and let my passions show. And I realize that’s where the magic is.

I don’t like to hear people say they “just want to be comfortable.” I used to think this myself and it kept me from taking risks, pushing myself and achieving things I surprised even myself about.

I thought of all this a couple weeks ago as I danced in my studio’s performance showcase. I’m amazed at all the women I have met and become friends with who share the same passions and love of dance as I do. I never would have met them if I hadn’t pushed myself outside my comfort zone to go into the studio in the first place. The same goes for them. It was intimidating to take the risk (What am I doing here?). It placed doubt in my mind (What if I fail?), and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

All this to say, it’s worth a continual evaluation of your life to constantly see what you’re capable of, what your dreams are and how you can take steps toward making those dreams reality – in essence becoming more of who you really are. The world needs you.

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