I think nearly everyone can agree, the past few years have not gone according to anyone's plans. All around the world, people faced ups and downs, pandemics and quarantines, political and personal dramas- all in all, it's been a little rough. And as we move from February to March, it feels like 2022 is starting off just as chaotic and messy as 2020 and 2021.
Aside from large, earth-shaking changes that are outside of anyone's control, a lot of people feel like they're in a hectic personal time of life; myself included. There have been decisions I've had to make that I didn't expect, choices that felt impossible to decide where to go, and a whole lot of stressful and new phases I've had to handle for the sake of trying to get from where I am to where I want to be. Improving yourself and your life sounds great on paper, but the actual execution of it? A lot harder than I could have imagined.
But there is one thing I've learned during this time of newness and unfamiliarity.
I can only grow by getting out of my comfort zone.
Nobody likes leaving their comfort zone (that's why it's called a comfort zone). And if you've met me, you know that I especially am not the biggest fan of change. My mind starts racing with all the what-ifs, anxieties about the unknown, and the fear of messing up while trying to figure everything out. It's easier to stay where I feel safe, where life is familiar, even if it means ignoring the weighted, stagnant feeling that staying in one place can create.
But you can't really live life that way. Because that's not living- it's just existing.
It takes experiencing change, taking risks and putting yourself out there to achieve whatever dreams and goals you may have. No one successful got there by hiding and allowing the fear of the unknown to consume them, a lesson I've had to learn repeatedly. Usually, whatever I'm afraid of happening when it comes to being vulnerable and trying something out of my comfort zone isn't even that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. No one's died of embarrassment, and most people are too focused on their own lives to notice when or if you mess up.
So take a chance. Life is crazy and chaotic and a lot of it is out of our control. But that's okay. Because if you focus on the things you can control and trust that God will get you through the parts that seem like one big murky question mark, life will feel a lot less scary.