Being comfortable is great. You don’t have to exert yourself too much, things seem to come pretty easy and you get into a routine.
What happens when something new and exciting arises but – shock! horror! – it is out of your comfort zone?
This recently occurred within my professional life and the dilemma between sticking with what I know and even venturing out into the unknown was rather stressful. It’s all very High School Musical, but it is true – sometimes we DO stick with the Status Quo!
Something I have learned recently is that life won’t change itself for you – you have to change it. If you are content with life but are yearning for something a little bit more, why not take a chance on yourself?
Accept that job interview, test-drive that new car, research that interesting new course you have always thought of doing. There is no harm in testing the waters. Trying things out and getting a taster of something new does not mean you have to commit to that new thing.
You know what the best thing is about stepping out of your comfort zone? If things don’t seem as exciting as you thought they would be, you can step right back in and continue on with life as it is! Sure, it might be awkward to decline that job interview after you’ve taken a chance and applied for a different position – but an awkward phone call isn’t nearly as bad as accepting an interview for a job you may not really be that interested in,
Test the waters and take a chance on you – who knows what you might get out of it?
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She is eager to please. A smile permanently plastered upon her face in the presence of others, regardless of how her mind knows differently. Constantly working on overdrive, her thoughts unravel like a piece of old cloth, struggling to cling onto the last row of stitching before the next begins to fall.
She is creative; sees potential in which so many do not. Her ideas are original, yet her smile does not let them pass. Her constant fear of judgement has been with her since childhood and although she won’t admit it out loud, it frustrates her to no end.
She is passive. Rather than speak her truth, she will let hurtful words bury themselves deep within her skin, her soul. She won’t admit this out loud, but she has inherited this trait from her mother.
She finds the most pleasure in being alone. Surrounded by the musical poetry of others, a place she can get lost in stories of others, often relating them to her own experiences.
She knows she can count the number of true friends she has on one hand and it does not bother her one bit. She is also afraid that her true friends will never actually know the real her. The girl she is inside her mind as opposed to the girl they see.
She has never known romance. Although she likes to think she knows about it. She is afraid she may never experience love in the way it should be experienced. In fact, it is probably the most frightening thing which currently clogs her mind and has been for many years.
She craves affection, love, appreciation and acceptance from everyone. She knows life could be so much more than what it is, but she is too afraid to start a new chapter for fear of the unknown.
She wants so much on the inside but expects so little on the outside.
She will be free.
We’ve grown up in a world where finding a partner to spend the rest of our lives with is viewed as the ideal. Romantic comedies and Disney movies alike tell us that if we want our lives to be better and happier, ending up with someone is the way to do it.
There comes a point if you’re single like me and you’ve hit a certain age, realising that you haven’t found the person of your dreams can be incredibly upsetting and worrying. You find yourself comparing your life and love life to that of your friends/family, thinking that time may be running out for you.
I have some news for you: time is not running out. The fairy-tale is far from over.
In fact, in this fairy-tale, the Princess doesn’t need a prince or princess in order to live happily ever after. The Princess does need to accept that they don’t need to share their life with someone else to feel complete (no matter what Jerry Maguire may have told you).
Finding love should not be a sport. It should not be a race. I wish that I had grown up with fairy-tales about women who found their own happily ever afters through their own self-acceptance and courage. Women who were open to love and ready for relationships, but who were also focused on other important things in life such as a satisfying career or fulfilment with her relationship with her closest friends.
If you are feeling like you’re waiting for your true love to find you, you’re not alone. Know that you are open to love, new experiences and to the prospect of finding someone to fits into your already amazing life.
The most important thing in our lives is self happiness – start by loving yourself some more and who knows just who might be around the corner.
It’s so hard not to dwell on the past or worry about the future.
Staying true and present within ourselves and living with what each day gives us can be hard, but I have recently found that living this way helps keep my anxiety at bay.
We cannot change what has happened in the past, we can only learn from our mistakes and remember the moments that made us feel truly alive and carry those lessons with us throughout daily life.
Be open to change, welcome challenges and take a moment each day to remember your goals for yourself. Be there for your loved ones but also recognize when things are weighing you down and take a step back if need be.
Who we are makes a difference and sometimes it may seem like the whole world is against us. Hold your head high, take a deep breath and move forward, for what is still to come, we do not know and that is incredibly exciting.