The past three weeks have been a whirlwind of new experiences, adventures, and living life as the summer draws to a close. I traveled to California; a place I had always dreamed of visiting. There, I got to sample new foods and drinks, surf, and go on a ferris wheel whose carts swayed back and forth at a high velocity. I also traveled to Mexico, where I zip lined, repelled down rocks, and climbed up rocks. I got to learn about Mexican history, and drink coconut water straight from the coconut. While I had done a few of these things before, never exactly like I did this time.
While living these new experiences, there were times I was scared. In order to continue on, I had to push through my comfort zone. Although this was difficult to do, I made it through, feeling accomplished and with fond memories.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
-Neale Donald Walsch
Although I had heard this quote before, it was not driven home as a lesson until now. If you only stay with what you know, how can you grow, and how can you learn about yourself?
If there’s something you want to do, do it. If it’s completely out of the ordinary for you, especially do it. You may fail, you may excel: you never know unless you try. Even if you do fail: you will have learned about yourself, learnt other valuable lessons, and possibly even introduced new people into your life, resulting in a worthwhile experience no matter what. We all experience everything for a reason, and although you may not know the reason right now, you will someday, and be eternally grateful.
Climb the rocks and see the view. Even if you stumble, you’ll go for an incredible ride.