Out of the Comfort Zone

"I surrender!"
“I surrender!”

I don’t necessarily agree that “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I’m a fan of the comfort zone. I think there’s something to be said for finding value in the familiar and not always thinking that happiness is “out there,” somewhere, wherever.

(I realize this makes me uncool.)

That said, it looks like 2015 will be a year I’ll have to push myself out there and take some chances.

Case in point: this butanding (whale shark) encounter. I’m utterly useless in water (I’m afraid to even snorkel — the thought of accidentally breathing in water instead of air just fills me with panic) and the sea off the coast of Oslob, while not that deep, is already too deep for me. But the boatman suggested I take off my life jacket so I can get level with the whale shark and I thought…what the heck, surely they won’t let me drown. And that photo above happened.

I’d like to say that it was an out-of-this-world experience, that my heart was filled with awe and delight and an awareness of how I am such a small creature in such a vast and wonderful universe, but the [embarrassing] truth is I was much more aware of being such a poor swimmer in such a deep sea. Nonetheless, I’m glad I did it and I’m — not necessarily looking forward, but — steeling myself for a few more out-of-my-comfort-zone moments this year, and I think by this time next year I will also be saying “I’m glad I did it.”

Here’s to more adventures and memorable experiences for all of us this year!

Out of the Comfort Zone” was created by LSS for travel site Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.

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