Where are you currently in Life?
Are you comfortable? Are you stretching yourself?
At nearly 51 years of age, I look back at my life and think about all the times that I was ‘comfortable’ and then think of sudden changes that made me uncomfortable (they were usually changes I had no control over).
Like many people I think, I feared or was scared of something changing in my life.We like to get comfortable and stay comfortable, with what we know.
Being the ultra-shy person I was in my first 25-30 years I have to say that I did not cope with change well.
What ignited a bit of daring in me was joining a Church Social group as I began to meet new people and in the space of a couple of years I tried Snow-skiing; Grass-Skiing; Roller-Skating; Ice-Skating; Go-Karting to name a few.
Joining other organisations (see bio) over the years helped me gain confidence and helped me in meeting new people, and volunteering for committees gave me the opportunity to give back to the community and personally, it has given me all sorts of benefits.
Joining, committing to the programme & getting involved in leadership in Toastmasters International in March 2008 has helped tremendously.
I now look for ways to ‘get myself out of my comfort zone’ in all different areas of life, photography, public speaking, other art forms, work.
I didn’t realise in my earlier life that being placed in, or volunteering to put myself in uncomfortable situations was going to help me grow as a person. Back then I saw it as a negative. Being uncomfortable I thought was a bad thing. Now I think of it as a positive.
I seem now to be making up for lost time… :)
Written by David Johnson
17 February 2014