Trek Women
July 10, 2008

"Leaving My Comfort Zone"

Gear_travelbags11_3 I was just trying to remember when I last experienced my Comfort Zone.  As the baby of the family, I was afforded lots of opportunities to experience new things, but things that were carefully chosen my my parents.  Sure I won prestigious awards for my piano skills and I even played my violin seated on the stage of the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra; I'm not sure that I ever told my children about that one.  I was a Girl Scout too and back then, the "girls" never went camping.  Instead, we would visit the park to learn how to cook Porcupine Balls (hamburger and rice cooked in tomato sauce)

Can anyone see what's missing from the equation?  No sports activity; with the exception of our bicycles, which we rode on the sidewalk and never left the block, we didn't do anything unless we played at recess which was Hopscotch.  Not unlike the parents of today, in our household my parents were so afraid that something would happen to us so we were well-confined.  But with us, it was a cultural thing, and their theory was that if things were too strenuous, it was not the best choice.  "No ferris wheels, no trampolines; my gosh, it might crash and then where would you be".  Even my piano playing became a concern to them. (that's a whole other story)  Anyway, It's taken me many years to realize where some of my apprehension comes from and realize that although I am now enjoying my bicycle riding, it takes constant mind bending to work through the challenges.  So I conclude that everyone's comfort zone is in a different place and everyone has to step out of it on occasion.  I don't think I can ever go back, mainly because I wouldn't recognize it anymore.  Maybe I am in a new place, so I can be pushed forward more.    I am at a turning point in my life, and the hardest part is saying farewell to my old ways.  The past can seem cozy and reassuring especially when the unknown looms.  It takes strength and determination to leave it behind, but I have learned that it's the only path left to take.  That's all for now, see ya next week.  M

Comments

I'll be thinking of you this weekend riding as fast as you can away from your comfort zone. Enjoy it and celebrate your achievement -- because it's a BIG ONE!!

Laura

Posted by: Laura | Jul 10, 2008 7:50:44 PM

Comfort Zone = Learned Helplessness. Climb on out!

Keep on rockin'

Posted by: Sue | Jul 12, 2008 9:18:06 PM

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