I just returned from my first trip to New York City. WOW! What a great city! There was so much to see and experience. Although we were there for a whole week, we still didn’t have time to do everything on our list. Regardless, I had a fantastic time and made some great memories.
What I enjoyed most about this trip was showing up as a New York newbie and being able to quickly adapt to life in the city and move about with confidence. It was fun to experience that transformation. Prior to this trip, I had no experience in a city of this size, other than what I had heard from the experience of others. However, within a couple of days of putting myself in the middle of the action, I gained valuable experience on navigating the city and became very comfortable in my new surroundings. It’s interesting how New York City was a big mystery to me when I first arrived, but after a day it felt very familiar, exciting and exhilarating.
Going to a new place like this can be intimidating. Fear of the unknown can easily cripple the enthusiasm to travel to new places, or even to try new things and live a life that is full and made interesting by continually stretching and growing. Yielding to our fear and comfort zone is easy, but it comes with a high price of limited life experience and regret.
This trip also reminded me that we can also gain experience and confidence in other areas of our lives by putting ourselves out there and causing something to happen that is new to us, which has great potential to boost our confidence, as well as our knowledge of the world around us. It’s simply a matter of getting comfortable stretching your comfort zone.
What areas would you like (or need) to stretch your comfort zone? Is there a skill you’d like to learn or a class you’d like to take? Get started today! Is there a place you’ve always wanted to visit? Begin making plans to go. And once you’ve made your plans, put them into action! Don’t let the fear of the unknown, or the boundaries of your comfort zone keep you from the exciting new experiences and confidence that awaits.
It’s your life, and it’s calling. How will you answer?