I named my blog Beyond Comfort Zones after sitting around brainstorming for far too long. After all of the names I tried to be creative with, it kept coming back to comfort zones. I feel that your comfort zone is the most limiting thing on this planet. It is the place where you feel so safe in that you won’t change anything, even if it means staying unhappy because it is easier and less scary. This, I feel is the thing that keeps you from chasing adventures. When you start to dream, the comfort zone brings up all the little voices in your head telling you that it is too scary or hard to change. There are so many things that can go wrong so it is best to just stay where you are and not follow that dream. This thinking is poison and I had to overcome it to take control of my life.
I was the typical girl that lived in a city with loving parents. Went to college and worked an office job for 8 hours a day. I felt some pressure from my family to stay with a steady job, make money and use my degree to save up for later in life. I was constantly getting the question, “Well, what are you going to do after you graduate?”
I felt mildly depressed about going to work even though I loved the people I work with. It was an indoor job everyday and the hours dragged on. I was tired of school and driving in traffic every single day was too repetitive. But I was comfortable in my routine. Even though I was pretty unhappy in the day-to-day life, it was far easier to sit around and deal with it than it was going to be to change.
My life got to the point where I felt stagnant and trapped. I felt as though I could spend the best years of my life dreaming of what I could be doing. If only I had more money saved. If only I had someone come with me. If only I had more time off. If, if, if… I let the “ifs” rule my life. It got to the point where I would lay around and watch tv on my weekends instead of climbing or hanging out. I just wanted to be alone and numb my mind so I didn’t have to think about how much life I was wasting. This went on until I finally hit the low level of, “if nothing changes now, it never will.”
Less than a month after I graduated, I was making my way out to Yosemite to start on this journey out of my comfort zone.